2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 19, 2017 2:42 PM by Charley McGowan

    How can i reuse a root folder in a new server?

    Gustavo Rosete

      We had a problem at work where the HDD of the server computer got damaged, and we can't boot windows in it.

      The root folder was kept in a network HDD.

      We couldn't back up the server configuration.

      Is there anything i can do to make a new server utilizing the same root folder? or in the case we gain access to the HDD is there any file that i can backup manually to keep the server index of the files in the network HDD?

        • Re: How can i reuse a root folder in a new server?
          Martin Solem

          Hi Gustavo,

          I am not really sure what you mean, but let's start in one end: By root folder, do you mean the archive folders? If so, then yes, you can make a new server installation use the old archive. You can use the descriptions for moving servers in the PDM Installation Guide.

          As for backups, you should have a backup of the archive files, and the database. Without the archive, you have nothing.Without the database, you have a lot of work. The main point is, if you have the backups, or are able to retrieve the files, you can restore your system completely. Also, for disasters i would contact my VAR for their assistance asap.

          • Re: How can i reuse a root folder in a new server?
            Charley McGowan

            Hey Gustavo,

            This is actually a pain in the butt. The simplest way is to use the archive backup and restore it. This is something you'll want to do with help though, and make sure you have copies of the archive folders, inc case anything goes wrong. Martin Solem nails it, and the PDM installation guide (https://files.solidworks.com/Supportfiles/PDMWorks_Ent_Installation/2017/English/Installation%20Guide.pdf ) can help some guidance on it, but you'd be best to work with your VAR on it, or seek our PDM specialists like InFlow Technology (www.inflow-tech.com) to help out with it. I'm a PDM consultant, and do this kind of work day in and out.


            Your archive configuration tool will be the way to restore the archive folders and connect them to your SQL database, but again, I'd contact your VAR or a PDM specialist.