1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 12, 2017 3:36 AM by Ryan Dark

    Working without PDM - what affects performance when using LAN server for file read and write

    Tomas Bågman

      Our company is first going to start the use of SolidWorks without PDM and having CustomTools for product numbering etc. Total number of SW users will be about 5 at first and we plan to use the company LAN server to write and read SW files. Being quite a novice concerning networks, what are the critical factors to ensure fastest connection possible between each user and file server in company LAN?


      We should be having notebooks with Gigabit ethernet cards. I know the cabling must be Cat5e between the notebooks and the switch. What should be taken into consideration when looking for a server and the switch for the best performance? Thanks.@

        • Re: Working without PDM - what affects performance when using LAN server for file read and write
          Ryan Dark

          Hi Tomas,

          Your best case scenario is to have only one switch between the client machines and the server.  The more switches you put between them the slower SolidWorks will perform when accessing files across your network.  So, regardless of the rest of your network architecture you will want to limit the switches you pass through for the purposes of using SolidWorks.

          Ultimately, as fast as a Gigabit Ethernet is, that setup will still be notably slower than local storage or a PDM system that caches files off the network into local storage.  This is a write-up from a few years back but is still very relevant to use of network storage today (Working Across the Network vs. Working Locally).  Since that article was written though PDM Standard was released and comes included with SolidWorks Professional and Premium licenses.  If you have these licenses then you have already bought a PDM system.  You would just need to plug it in and turn it on.

          Unfortunately, there is no amount of time or effort that could be put into the architecture of your network that will surmount the issues you will face.