PDM Users – On The Go!

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SOLIDWORKS PDM is a powerful tool to help manage and share data amongst your user base. But what happens if your users are constantly on the go? Not to worry, PDM Professional has multiple options to address every scenario! Here are some common ones.

Scenario 1

Your company hosts replicated archive servers in several offices and you have employees that regular travel between those offices. Did you know that the PDM vault can be configured to allow users to ‘pick’ which server they wish to communicate with? This is a powerful tool that will allow users to pick the server closest to them for maximum performance. Let me show you how to do this! Don’t forget to grab your favorite IT resources to help you with this.

  • Add SOLIDWORKS PDM Settings to the Local Computer Policy on the archive servers.
  • Under Local Group Policy, right click on Administrative Templates and choose ‘Add/Remove Templates’
Add or Remove Templates PDM
  • Browse to the following sub-folder under your installation media ‘\SWPDMClient\Support\Policies’ and choose ‘PDMWorks Enterprise.ADM’. You should now see a ‘SOLIDWORKS PDM Settings’ folder.
SOLIDWORKS PDM Settings Folder
  • Note: The policies are set to ‘not configured’ by default.
  • Double click the policy ‘Enable Alternate Servers’ to enable it, aka turn it on.
PDM Enable Alternate Servers
  • Double click the policy ‘Add Alternate Servers’ to enter all server names and port number (3030 by default)
Add Alternate Servers
  • Double click the policy ‘Add Alternate Servers’ to enter all server names and port number (3030 by default)
  • The PDM Login interface should now have an additional dropdown menu so users can pick which server they connect for any session!

Scenario 2

You have users that are not even in offices most of the time. For example, field service representatives. This means they are never in the network in which you host your PDM vault. There are two solutions here. We would recommend consulting with your IT support to consider and deploy both.

  • Solution 1: VPN Access
  • This is a not a PDM or SOLIDWORKS function. VPN standards for Virtual Private Network and it essentially allows your computer to access your company’s network, without being physically there. This technology works great but it’s important to evaluate your latency before deploying to all users. For ideal performance with PDM, we recommend a consistent latency of less than 50ms. Anywhere from 50ms to 200ms may result in slowdowns for users. (Fun fact: Dial up speed is ~150ms). Latency above 200ms has been verified to be non-functional for PDM clients and licensing.
  • Solution 2: PDM Web2 Server
  • This allows users to access a PDM vault from a web browser. The unsung hero of this solution is that it allows access from any device, even without Windows installed, such as phones or tablets. Another hidden feature here is that downloads of files can be ‘disallowed’ through this interface. This is great if you allow third party users such as contractors, customers, or vendors access your data. The Web Server does require an installation and configuration. We recommend professional implementation services which include a through preparation planning session with management and IT to ensure a safe and controlled deployment.
  • MLC CAD Systems has a test server available to review the functionality, contact your local team for more information and access.
  • Please note that this access is not recommended for power SOLIDWORKS users. The interface is does require an extra click or two for their everyday work. In most cases, we recommend the default client installation for their needs.
View PDM Vault from Browser

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