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PDM Standard and Multiple Versions of SolidWorks

Question asked by Paul Brayford on Jan 3, 2017
Latest reply on Jan 31, 2017 by Prasad Bhonsule

My company currently makes use of six versions of SolidWorks to keep aligned with what version our customers are using; 2011 SP5.0 through 2016 SP5.0. For revision control, we currently have six separate virtual servers running separate Workgroup PDM vaults, one to match each version of SolidWorks.

 

For SolidWorks 2017, I want to move to PDM Standard since we'll need to for 2018 anyway. Luckily I can leave all of the existing data where it is - all older versions will keep their respective data in their respective Workgroup PDM vaults. There won't be any migration of existing data, 2017 will start with a clean slate and an empty PDM vault.

 

That said, I'm confused as to how PDM Standard will work for multiple versions of SolidWorks moving forward (when we're running 2017, 2018, and 2019, etc). Namely, the PDM Standard tools (the administrative tool and the SolidWorks add-in) don't appear to be tied to any specific year anymore (the add-in is just "PDM Client" whereas Workgroup was "Workgroup PDM 2015", etc).

 

Will PDM Standard still allow us to install the PDM Server on unique virtual servers specific to that version year, or how do we adapt our current setup onto PDM Standard?

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