We are considering using Archive Compression to reduce drive space on our EPDM vault. Has anyone had issues or problems with this service? Any pitfalls or gotcha's?
We just started earlier this year. We have over 4T of files and were running low on space. After turning on compression we saved ~30% disk space.
I do not recall any gotcha's but will double check with our IT guy that did the compression.
One thing to keep in mind is that any SOLIDWORKS files saved to 2015 format or newer are actually already internally compressed (that's why 2015 files are so much smaller than 2014 files), so if your vault is new, there isn't an enormous benefit to setting up compression on the archive.
However if you do have alot of older versions that predate 2015, or alot of non-SOLIDWORKS files, it should make a pretty sizable difference.
The only thing that does come to mind is that there is no "un-compress" function. Once the archive is compressed, that's it, the only way to go back would be to manually un-compress each file in the archive and edit the index.xml files. To be honest though, I don't think that's really a pitfall because there really aren't that many reasons you would need to un-compressed any files directly from the archive without going through the PDM interface.
Interesting, so are you saying that solid works is compressing the files or PDM pro is doing the compression. Our vault is at 2016 but we are still using SW 2014 because of the issues with E drawings. Unless we find another way of viewing files on our shop floor we will probably be stuck at 2014 for a while. Are you also running the archive server cleanup? Thanks for the info.
In 2015 SOLIDWORKS itself is compressing the file when saving (there is a file size difference of about 50-80% over previous versions). If you are using 2014 then turning on Archive Compression should have a pretty big impact.
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