Im trying to setup a PDM Standard and use Amazon AWS-SQL Server as the server for the vault. Is anyone doing this? If so can you share how you set this up.
Hmm... I don't know it is possible. I really don't know what database underlies AWS, but I would be surprised if it is one of the supported ones for PDM, SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management | Hardware & System Requirements | SOLIDWORKS. If it is possible, this may be something you should get help with from your VAR.
AWS is a could service that allows you to run SQL-server on a could server. I have seen previous discussions on this forum stating that it is possible but I can’t figure out how to do it.
I have a SQL-server on the cloud and I’m able to connect to it using Microsoft SQL management studio, however, I can’t figure out how to connect PDM to it.
Thank you for clarifying that. Hopefully someone with more experience will post. But, I am going to guess that since one of the big selling points for Enterprise PDM is being able to work on projects from multiple locations, that Dassault may not want to support what you are trying to do. Have you reached out to your VAR? If so, what have they said about this?
It is not officially supported.
This is no longer true. SOLIDWORKS has recently updated their EULA to address Cloud-hosted infrastructures for PDM and all SOLIDWORKS products. They haven't trumpeted this fact, but it is now supported.
Yes, I know. The original post was from 2017. I know that since then SOLIDWORKS can run on Cloud-hosted infrastructures
I am not going to say it is or is not supported, but just because something is ALLOWED in the license agreement, does not mean support is offered, just that it is legal to do it...
That's generally the case, however, in this specific case, I can share that SOLIDWORKS Corp has shifted their thinking on this whole topic and has embraced the notion of Cloud-hosting for PDM, as they see more and more clients request this from their VARs. It's true that most VARs don't want to touch Cloud-hosting because it's an IT solution, instead of a software solution, but with EpiGrid's Private Cloud infrastructure, we've been able to successfully deploy PDM Standard and Professional infrastructures in North America, Europe, and Asia that have saved our clients time and money with their engineering processes and data management.
Yes, it is possible to run PDM on AWS and Azure. We have one running in Azure!
Our company is a SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner. We sell both PDM add-ins and PDM consulting for a monthly subscription fee so having a cloud PDM availalble for demos on sales calls is perfect. We are also contract designers and my team is all over the US so they need to access to PDM from their various locations. Lastly, this strategy also provides the off-site backup we need for disaster recovery.
Instead of re-inventing the wheel, you might consider looking at EpiGrid. These guys are a certified SOLIDWORKS Service Partner for their cloud PDM solution. They've already got the security and connectivity figured out.
Hope this helps,
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Is there any particular reason you guys are running PDM on Azure as opposed to AWS?
We are currently looking into getting PDM up for our company. Right now we have no servers in house, so we are looking into possible cloud services. We are using O365 for our docs and email, so maybe Azure would be a better way to go
TIA for any input
Sorry for the slow reply. We began with Azure then later learned that it was no longer supported. AWS would work just fine though, we have helped other customers implement using AWS.
We've recently setup a customer with PDM Professional on AWS and so far it's been working very well for them.
Also got a few customers running PDM on Azure and that has been working great for them.
We have been hosting and managing customers PDM solutions in the cloud now for 5+ years WGPDM, PDM STND & PRO.
We are different from AWS, ect. since we include IT services, management and backups for all solutions. Additionally , we have normalized our pricing so that our customers have a fixed monthly recurring fee and no surprises each month on their bill as is the case with these other public hosts
How could we get more info and pricing on your PDM services?
Hey Paul, send me a quick email, email@example.com, and i'll chat about it with you. Thanks!
Are you considering having the archive server in AWS too? if so, be careful using datacenters since accessing archive servers through the WAN can result in time spent waiting for tasks to complete. Test latency, bandwidth, and reliability of the connection. you may have better tools but at the very least run a ping with 1500 bite-sized packets.ping servername -t -l 1500 i have observed many times over a decrease in responsiveness for PDM with 150ms latency - but that's my subjective perception of responsiveness. I like my PDM fast, in other words.
Having this said, I have a few customers that have taken the AWS approach. As long as the system requirements are met, you should be able to set it up as if it is a local system, but the AWS server name. Ensure that you have SQL Express installed for your PDM Standard system.
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I've been playing around with getting a PDM Standard server up and running on an AWS instance....it has been fine, and seems to work well. My issue has been in getting the SolidNetWork License server running...I just can't seem to connect to it. I know all the ports are open, I can ping them, I can telnet into them...but I can't seem to grab a PDM Standard license. My local (client) license manager sees the PDM Standard licenses...but when I try to login to PDM it times out and tells me I don't have that feature (PDM).
Do I need to setup a VPN into my AWS instance? Also curious about that part of it...as all I did was open up the appropriate ports in the AWS console and on the Server Firewall.
Hi, you setup two ec2 instances, a for SQL other for PDM server and SNL? I did it and it worked, but need site to site vpn because os necessary to open SQL tcp port.
I don't know what your setup looks like so I will give some info you might already know.
In the SNL setup make sure you have the firewall option selected and the Vendor Daemon port set. Otherwise it will use a random port each time so even though you have 25735 specified in the firewall it will use a different one.
At a previous employer we had PDM and SNL up and running on AWS back in 2014, so you should be able to do it now with no problems. I think we were one of SolidWorks first guinea pigs to put AWS through the paces with PDM.
With AWS there is a way to get your servers connected to your network as if they were onsite. That is how we had it, so when you were in the office you did not need VPN to get to the servers. I didn't set that up so I don't know the specific or if it costs extra, which it probably does.
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