4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 8, 2017 4:27 PM by Tim Webb

    Backup existing products. Upgrade to next year version, then restore to existing products

    Robert Pickeral

      Doing this on a Development (Test) Server...


      Our software:

      Solidworks Premium Solidworks
      PDM Professional Solidworks

      Electrical Schematic Professional

      Solidworks Electrical 3D


      Goal: Perform all necessary backups and be able to upgrade to 2017 SP4 Products, and then revert back to 2016 SP4 Products. Without involving our Networking team.


      Presently, I get our networking tech to clone our production VM server to another server. And I test the upgrade process on the test server only. For each testing cycle; to get back to the exiting production environment, I have to get the networking tech to reclone the production server 3-5 times.



      1) Is there a way I can do the necessary backups; test the upgrade process (update my notes, etc.), then revert back to 2016 products myself?

      2) After a upgrade test cycle, how do I get back to the previous version server software and files? Is it possible?

      3) Does anyone have a process (solution) for these testing cycles and it not involve recloning the server? Please share.


      Presently I'm doing the following:

      1) Backup SQL Server File Vault Database - using SQL Server Management Studio

           Full Database Backup

      2) Backup Solidworks PDM Archive Server Settings - presently this is done each week on Sunday 12am.

      3) Backup the Entire Vault Database (Files) -  this is performed by the IT/Networking Team

           Incremental - Daily at 1am

           Saturdays (Full Backup)

           Maintains a 30 day history

      4) Archive Solidworks Electrical