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2013 - Workgroup PDM Vault Install

Jared Ferreira

2013 Workgroup PDM Vault Installation

TITLE:

2013 Workgroup PDM Vault Installation

DATE:

10/15/2012

SUBJECT:

Installation of 2013 Workgroup PDM Vault

ABSTRACT:

Comprehensive installation guide of the 2013 SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Vault.

 

This guide is written for SolidWorks 2013.  If you are using an earlier version of SolidWorks, please download our earlier installation documents to correctly load and administer your version of SolidWorks.

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM is used to manage design documents.  A “vault” is a windows directory setup on a server that will store design data generated by your company.  The software used to control this data runs as a service on your Windows 2008, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 server (Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP are not supported).

Files in the vault directory should NEVER be altered manually.  Administrators must use the SolidWorks Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin program to control the permissions and projects.  Users must use any one of the vault client programs to add files or manage properties.

This document covers loading the Vault directory and service as well as installing the Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin program.  See our Workgroup PDM Client Installation document for information on how to load these types of programs, which are used to access the vault data.

This is not a troubleshooting guide.  If you have any technical issues with SolidWorks, please contact Hawk Ridge Systems technical support.

This document is only to be distributed and used by Hawk Ridge Systems customers.  Any other use is prohibited.

©2012 Hawk Ridge Systems

 

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM

SolidWorks Workgroup is a suite of software products that include:

Workgroup PDM Vault

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A vault must be located on a shared Windows 2008, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 server (not Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP). The server computer must be on and the users must have access to the vault data directory for successful document management.

Workgroup PDM Clients

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The Workgroup PDM client is how users access the vault.  Each user, regardless of client style, must have access to the machine running the vault service in order to access any data.

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Client add-in for SolidWorks allows users full access to input, manage, change and maintain SolidWorks files in the vault.  This is for all SolidWorks users.  SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Premium both include the client add-in.

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Contributor add-ins allows users to manage data, change properties, and attach non-SolidWorks files.  This is for non-SolidWorks users.

The contributor is purchased separately and can be licensed standalone or run from a SolidNetWork License Manager.

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Viewer allows read-only web access to the vault.  This is for viewing and printing only.  It has no access to make changes.

The viewer portal is loaded on to the vault server and uses Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) as the host.  The client is purchased in bundles of 5 and uses Internet Explorer to access the service.

This document covers loading the Vault directory and service, as well as installing the Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin program.  See our Workgroup PDM Client installation document for information on how to load these types of programs. 

 

Before Installation

Hawk Ridge Systems highly recommends taking a moment before installing SolidWorks to check that you are ready to load your new software.  Follow these steps to have better performance using SolidWorks:

  1. Check hardware compatibility.
  1. Check Operating System Compatibility.

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    • Be sure you are on the latest version of your operating system.  You will want to check for, and install any Windows updates before installing SolidWorks.
    • All clients will need network access to the vault server.
    • Virtual servers are not supported.
  1. Check hard drive for space and overhead.
    • In Windows Explorer, go to My Computer and check destination drive (by default the C drive).  Right-click this drive and choose Properties to see if it has the “Estimated installation size” (4.5 GB in this case) free required for the full program (not including Simulation or PDM add-ins).
    • Also, be sure this drive has at least 15% free space.  A full disk may cause out-of-memory crashes and cannot be defragged to optimize performance.
  1. Confirm community’s working version.
    • SolidWorks is not backwards compatible, meaning older versions cannot open files from newer versions.  Be sure workmates, customers or vendors are all on the same version (SolidWorks 2012 or SolidWorks 2013) you are loading. There is a limited exception to this starting with 2013.  Files created using SolidWorks 2013 can be opened with 2012 sp05 with limited functionality.  (Please see the What’s New document included with your software for the details.)
  1. Backup your data.
    • Ask a system administrator or existing user to see if there are any shared libraries, such as Toolbox or a data management vault.  Toolbox libraries and PDM vault information should all be saved to backup locations.  Then you can migrate the original libraries and vault to the newer version.
    • If you have a shared location containing existing SolidWorks files, it is recommended that you make backup copies of these files.  Any templates or design libraries should also be saved to a backup folder.
  1. Uninstall previous version of SolidWorks.
    • It is recommended that after you have saved out all shared data, you should fully uninstall any previous versions of SolidWorks from your machine.  After fully uninstalling SolidWorks and its add-ins, you should install the new software.

 

Vault Installation

The vault installation will load two items on to your server:

C:\VaultData - A Windows directory that is stored on a network location.

Files in the vault directory should NEVER be altered manually.  Administrators must use the SolidWorks Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin program to control the permissions and projects.  Users must use any one of the vault client programs to add files or manage properties.

This directory can be located on any network drive but it is highly recommended that it be run on the same physical machine as the service.

SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server -The vault server is a service that runs on a Windows 2008, Windows Vista or Windows 7 server. The server computer must be on and the users must have access to the vault data directory for correct document management.

Workgroup PDM client programs are how users access the vault.  Each user, regardless of client style must have access to the machine running the vault service in order to access any data.

New Users:  If you do not have an existing vault, go to the section on creating a vault section of this document.

Existing Users:  If you are upgrading an older vault to 2013, you will want to continue on with the instructions on managing an existing vault.

 

Managing an Existing Vault

If you are upgrading an older vault to 2013, you will want to first have all users close out of the vault and stop the service so you can create a backup copy of the vault to ensure you have no loss of data.

  1. Start the Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin on the server.  Go to Start, All Programs, SolidWorks20XX, SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server or PDMWorks Workgroup Vault Admin if 2008 or older.
  2. Enter an Administrator level name and password.  Then press Login.
  3. On the Vault Settings tab, verify vault location listed as Root directory; press OK to close the tool.
  4. In Windows Explorer, right click Computer, choose Manage from the popup menu, go to Services and Applications and then Services.
  5. Find the SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server (or PDMWorks Workgroup Server if 2008 or older) service by right-clicking on this item in the list (they are alphabetically listed) and selecting Stop from the popup menu.
  6. Now you can backup your files.  It is recommended that you make a copy of your entire root directory folder (C:\VaultData default) at this time.  It is also a good idea to make a hard copy backup of your vault location on disk or other medium at this time.
  7. (Skip this step if you are just adding a service pack to 2012.)  If upgrading from an older version, uninstall the existing vault server and client software from the server.  From the Control Panel choose Uninstall a program.
  8. From the list of programs, find SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server.  Press the Uninstall button.  If you have older PDMWorks Clients or SolidWorks Explorer on the server REMOVE this also.  This will not delete the vault data.
  9. You can now load the new 2013 vault service to run with your root directory (C:\VaultData by default) following the instructions in the Creating a Vault on the following page.  Use the same root directory path from step 3 (C:\VaultData by default) to upgrade your vault.
  10. You will want to upgrade the client software for the users using our document on Workgroup PDM Client Install.
  11. You will also want to then update the software on the client machines and use one of the updated clients and update their vault data as instructed in the Workgroup PDM Vault Maintenance document.

Creating a Vault

All SolidWorks installations should be handled through the SolidWorks Installation manager.  This can be started by inserting a SolidWorks DVD or using the sldim.exe from a web download found in the SolidWorks/Sldim folder.

  1. On the welcome page you will be asked for the type of installation you would like to perform. Choose Server products; this will expand a list of these types of programs.  Select Install SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server (vault) on this computer.
  2. Press the Next button to continue.
  3. The Summary page will show you the installation location and the products to be installed under the SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server heading.  Download Options allow you to change the location of the source files.  Click the Change link on either of these headings to modify these settings. 

    The vault data location is where your actual data (files & metadata) is going to be stored.

    • If you are upgrading an existing vault, be sure this is the same location you were using originally.
    • If you are loading for the first time, the vault data can reside at any networked drive.  Though it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED this location reside on the same physical server as the PDM service is being loaded under Installation location.
  4. You will need to obtain a Validation Code to install your vault.  Click the Change link to the right of SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server and you will be brought to a screen where you can obtain that code.  Enter your email address and choose a validation method.  Your serial number should automatically be populated. 
    • If you wish to Validate automatically over the internet, click Get Code to automatically retrieve your validation code.
    • If you wish to Validate manually by email, please follow the on-screen instructions to obtain your validation code. 
  5. Once the validation code has been entered, press the Back to Summary button to continue.
  6. Press the Install (or Download and Install) button to continue.
  7. The vault will now load onto your system.
  8. Now that the vault server has been loaded, you have the options to open the “What’s New” PDF, or login to the website and comment on the installation interface.
  9. You can choose to join the Customer Experience Program if you wish. This will periodically send fault and usage information via e-mail to SolidWorks to help improve the product. This will not affect the performance of SolidWorks on your computer.  The logging takes place whether you choose this or do not.  The only difference is whether SolidWorks sends the log files to development to process the information.
  10. Press the Finish button to complete the installation. 

New and existing users will want to continue to the next section at this point to load the Vault Admin Tool to be able to manage the vault settings.

New Users will want to begin installing the client software for the users to access the vault as instructed in our Workgroup PDM Client Install document.

Existing users will now want to update the software on the client machines and use one of the updated clients to update their vault data as instructed in the Convert Files After Upgrade section of this document.

 

Loading Vault Administrator

The SolidWorks Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin program is a tool that allows administrators to control vault settings and user access.  It is also the tool for setting up the revision scheme, lifecycles and other vault options.  It should be loaded on the server as well as on one or more client stations for successful vault management.

  1. Insert your DVD or start the sldim.exe from a download on the welcome page.  For the Installation type, choose Individual (choose Modify if you already have SolidWorks loaded on this machine).
  2. Press the Next button to continue.
  3. Enter your SolidWorks Professional or SolidWorks Premium serial number on the following page. 

    If you purchased Workgroup PDM without either one of these versions of SolidWorks, check the option If you have other serial numbers from SolidWorks Corporation enter them here. Then enter your SolidWorks Workgroup PDM serial number. 

    These may appear already, being read out of the registry of your current vault if upgrading.

    Your serial number and installation will be verified at this time. 

  4. Press the Next button to continue.
  5. If this is a new version of 2013, you will be taken to a summary page showing the products you will install.  Click the Change link to the upper right of the product list to be taken to the product selection page. 

    If this is a modification of an existing installation, you will be automatically taken to a product selection page.  

    If you are loading on the server and only need to load the SolidWorks Workgroup PDM VaultAdmin component, you can de-select all other SolidWorks programs.

    If you are loading a client, you can load the Explorer and the PDM Client Add-in (or x64 Client depending on your operating system) when loading SolidWorks or you can modify the existing SolidWorks to load with this add-in. 

  6. Press the Next button or Back to Summary to go to the Summary page showing products and installation locations. 
    You will be shown a list of products you are going to install and their locations.  If you wish to modify any of these items, you can press the Change link on any line item.
  7. Press the Install Now or Modify Now to continue.
    If you are using a network SolidWorks serial number, you will be asked to specify the location of the server at this time.
  8. The VaultAdmin will now load on this machine.
  9. The Vault Admin tool is now on this machine.  You have the options to automatically check for service pack updates periodically, open the “What’s New” PDF, or login to the website and comment on the installation interface.
  10. You can choose to join the Customer Experience Program if you wish. This will periodically send fault and usage information via e-mail to SolidWorks to help improve the product. This will not affect the performance of SolidWorks on your computer.  The logging takes place whether you choose this or do not.  The only difference is whether SolidWorks sends the log files to development to process the information.
  11.  Press the Finish button to continue. 

New Users will want to begin installing the client software for the users to access the vault as instructed in our Workgroup PDM Client Install document.

Existing users will also want to update the software on the client machines and use one of the updated clients and update their vault data as instructed in the Workgroup PDM Vault Maintenance document.

 

Check the Vault

Verify that service is started

  1. From Windows Explorer right-click Computer, choose Manage from the popup menu, go to Services and Applications and then Services.
  2. Search for SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server. Right-click on SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server and select Start, if available. 

    The vault can take 15+ minutes to start if it contains a lot of data. You will not be able to login during this time.  You can tell when the service is complete as pdmwService.exe will be using very little of the CPU. 

    Check that the Vault is Operating.

  3. Check for the pdmwService.exe in the Windows Task Manager, under the Processes tab.
  4. Launch the Vault Admin tool to verify connectivity.
  5. The vault will need a password to allow access. Login to VaultAdmin.  Default username is “pdmwadmin”.  Default password is “pdmwadmin”.  Default vault computer is localhost if you are on the server, or the name of the server.
  6. Verify the vault info: the Vault computer name (clients will need this); license type (normal or SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Viewer); root directory on the server (should not be shared to users through windows explorer).

 

Convert Files After Upgrade

After you have upgraded a vault from a previous version (i.e. moving from 2011 to 2012) it is recommended you upgrade the files in your vault to bring them up to the new version without changing the revisions of the files themselves.

This operation uses the Task Scheduler tool.  You must run this from a user’s client machine that has full administrative access to the vault; do not run this from the vault server.  The files will be converted one at a time on this machine, so be sure the machine has memory and hardware requirements for SolidWorks.  All converted documents are opened in resolved (not lightweight) state.  The computer must have enough memory to handle the resolved components.

The update process may take hours or days depending on the amount of information you have in the vault.  This is best done afterhours or on the weekend when there is no vault activity.  The vault is locked automatically during the conversion process.

Hawk Ridge Systems recommends upgrading only the most recent version of files in the vault.  (See step 7 regarding setting the task options.)

For large vaults, it is recommended to update project by project rather than attempting to upgrade the entire vault in one task.  You can also setup several workstations to upgrade different projects to reduce the overall upgrade time.  When using several workstations, you should login to all workstations using the same user information.

  1. Go to Start, All Programs, SolidWorks20XX, SolidWorks 20XX SP X.X, SolidWorks Tools, SolidWorks Task Scheduler.
  1. In the side bar along the left side of the program, select the Convert Workgroup PDM Files from the list of tasks.
  1. You will be asked for a login to SolidWorks Workgroup PDM.  Only administrators are allowed to convert files.  Login with an administrator level name and password.
  1. In the Convert Workgroup PDM, select:
    • Update entire Vault.  All files in the vault will be updated.
    • Update by project. Specify projects and file types as described in the following section.
  1. If you have chosen Update by project, set the following options. (If you are Updating entire vault continue on to step 6.)
    • Press the Add Project button to begin a list of projects to update.  Select a project from the list in the Workgroup PDM Projects dialog box and click OK.  The name of the project appears in the Project column.  Repeat to add more projects.

Only projects to which you have read-write access are displayed.  Ask your administrator to enable read-write access to the projects you need to update.  If you are not using an administrator login.

    • Check the Include subprojects box to include documents in subprojects in the update operation.
    • To remove a project from the Project column, select the project and click the Delete button.
    • File Name or Type. To filter the files in a project based on type, select a type from the list for each project. The choices are parts (*.prt,*.sldprt), assemblies (*.asm,*.sldasm), drawings (*.drw,*.slddrw), all SolidWorks files (*.sldprt,*.sldasm,*.slddrw) or all files (*.*).

If a selected project uses standard library files from a shared location, these files must be accessible to the computer on which you are running the update.

  1. Now you need to determine when the project will run.  Set Task Schedule.
    • Under Running Mode, set the frequency Once, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.
    • Set the Start Time.
    • Set the Start Date.
  1. Press the Options button to determine the following update parameters. Press Apply and OK after setting these parametrs to set how your update will behave.
    • If Latest revision only is selected, then only the most recent revisions in the selected projects or vault are updated. (This cuts down update time considerably and is recommended.)
    • If Latest revision only is not selected, then all revisions in the projects or vault are updated.
    • Additional file checking. If check if files can be reopened after update will double check the converted files, but will also greatly increase update time.
  1. In the dialog box, select from the following options, Press Apply and OK after setting these parametrs
    • Task working folder. Type the name of the folder where you want to store task working files, or click Browse and browse to the folder. Task working files can include backup files, reports, and so on.
    • Time out (seconds). Type the number of seconds for the time-out duration. SolidWorks Task Scheduler ends the task after the task runs for this amount of time, whether or not the task completes.
    • Backup task files. Select to save backup files to the Task working folder before the task is performed.

If the system is saving a document when the time-out duration is reached, the save operation completes before the task terminates.

  1. Press Finish to complete setting the conversion task.

A dialog will show how many files are scheduled for update and an estimated time for completion.  If you wish to continue with this, press “Yes” and the task will be set.

Once a task is scheduled it will be added to the task list.

When you create a task, you click Advanced in the task properties dialog box to change the task options for that task only. To change the default task option values, click View, Options, Task Options.

At the scheduled start time, the task is initiated.  If the task acts on more than one file, a sub-task is generated for each file.  If you selected Backup task files in Task Options, a backup copy of each file is saved to a .zip file.  Then each file is updated.  When the task completes, the status changes to Completed.

A report of the operation can be viewed by pressing the status description. If the “Completed with warning” status is pressed from the previous example, a web page will give a report like this.

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    Devjit Kanjilal

    I am still having trouble.

     

    Basically I have a new computer with 2013.

     

    I need to transfer the vault files from another computer...and I am having trouble opening the vault itself as well.

     

    Can we run a remote session?