2 Replies Latest reply on May 24, 2018 1:58 AM by Martin Van Stigt Thans

    Sync network folder with vault

    Thomas Hotchkin

      Hi all,


      Over the past few years we've migrated our CAD/engineering data to Solidworks and in particular PDM. We're at a point now where we are fairly well organised with our data and are confident that data is staying correct, unmodified and properly backed up. Our Vault is setup to allow for data from other departments as well such as marketing material, product manuals, photos etc, and we'd like to start migrating and controlling this data too.


      The issue is we need to give the salesmen access to this data from iPads, as well as many other people in the business who need basic read only access.


      What I'd like to do is sync certain files and folders from the vault to a network location that can then be accessed by anyone. This data only needs to be one way, ie changes in the vault need to be reflected in the network drive, but changes in the network drive should be ignored.


      Is this possible from PDM Professional?


      Thanks a lot,

        • Re: Sync network folder with vault
          Ulf Stockburger

          Hi Thomas


          We are working in a similar way. All original files are managed and versioned by the PDM vault. Copies, e.g. PDF files for material procurement, sales or assembly, are available in a defined directory structure with the right permissions on a file server. This is done in the status transitions by the actions Excecute Task/Command. During this action, all files outside the PDM vault are given a unique identifier that allows to assign them to the original versions in the PDM vault. If new files are created on the file server, the default directory structure is also created if necessary. Existing versions on the file server are automatically moved to an archive directory. The synchronization is only done from PDM to the file server. This is a guarantee that the PDM is always the leading system. With the possibilities given by the PDM in combination with .NET/VBA/Tasks, you can implement everything you need for your process.


          By working in this way, all of the participating departments have access to the information released for them, administration is simple and license costs can be minimized.


          BiI SAP-PDM

          • Re: Sync network folder with vault
            Martin Van Stigt Thans

            So i`m very curious since i want to do the same, have u come up with something?