Creating and Using Work Instruction Files

By creating work instruction files, you can run the upgrade tool concurrently on several workstations to reduce the upgrade time.

You create the work instruction files on the first workstation that runs the upgrade tool, which becomes the coordinator workstation.

To create and use work instruction files:

  1. Create a shared folder and give each workstation that will participate in the upgrade Read/Write access.
  2. From the Windows Start menu, click SOLIDWORKS PDM > File Version Upgrade to start the File Version Upgrade Utility.
  3. On the Welcome screen, select Initiate a new upgrade process (Coordinator Workstation) and click Next.
  4. Complete the wizard screens.
  5. On the Upgrade Settings screen:
    1. Under Upgrade Settings, select Divide the upgrade work into multiple work instruction files.
    2. Specify the number of work instruction files to create.
    3. For Shared location for work instruction files, enter the name of the shared folder you created in step 1 or click the browse to navigate to the folder.
      The folder name must be in UNC format.
    4. Click Next.
  6. On the Ready to Upgrade Files screen, do one of the following:
    • To upgrade now, click Yes.

      When a completion message appears, click OK.

    • To exit the upgrade utility and run work instruction files later, click No.
  7. If you selected No in step 6, run the File Version Upgrade tool again to perform the upgrade using the work instruction files.
  8. On the Welcome screen, select Participate in an upgrade process [Agent Workstation].
  9. On the Select Work Instruction File screen:
    1. Browse to the location of the work instruction files.
    2. Select the work instruction file to process.
    3. Click Next.
      The Work Instruction File Summary displays with a read-only summary of the settings specified for the upgrade.
    4. Click Next.
  10. On the Ready to Upgrade Files screen:
    1. Click View Files to see a list of files that will be upgraded.
    2. To upgrade the files, click Yes.
    3. When a completion message appears, click OK.