4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 20, 2012 3:16 AM by Andrej Puksic

    Can a client work offline automatically when connection is lost?

    Andrej Puksic

      We are starting to implement EPDM in our company and I was doing some testing. One issue we are trying to solve is the operation of the system if network goes down. So I checked out a part from a vault into SW and then I unplugged the network cable. As soon as I do that it is practically impossible to do anything in SW, as it seems that each time I try to change something (edit feature, enter sketch etc.) SW wants to connect to EPDM. So is there a setting that would make a user go offline automatically when connection is lost?


      The problem is also that vault explorer becomes unresponsive when the cable is unplugged so I can't choose "work offline" from the tools menu. I can logout using the EPDM icon in the taskbar, but then each time I try to do something in SW, EPDM login window pops up asking me to login (but doesn't have the "work offline" button). The only option that seems to work is to go to the vault in the explorer (open another window since the original explorer is unresponsive) and login from there using "work offline" button. What also bothers me is that when I plug in the cable again and choose "work online" from the tools menu, the file explorer goes into desktop folder or EPDM simply crashes.


      Is this the normal operation of EPDM when loosing connection or can this be improved somehow by a few settings?

        • Re: Can a client work offline automatically when connection is lost?
          Tim Read

          We have absolutely no problem working offline and it is automatic - just not automatic to work online again after connection is restored.


          Unpluging your network cable also means that you cannot access the license server for SolidWorks (if it is not you local workstation).

          I suggest that you "Borrow" a SolidWorks license and then unplug your netwrok cable and see if it working.


          Working 'offline' means using the locally cached files - if you need a file that is not cached then you are out of luck. They will be cached if you had opened them in SolidWorks, previewed them in EPDM (Windows Explorer - Vault View), or used "Get Latest Version" in EPDM.


          While working offline the vault folders turn blue and only the files that are checked out by you on that workstation are "writeable".