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Upgrade PDM standard to 2018

Question asked by Marc Plensou on Apr 30, 2018
Latest reply on May 4, 2018 by Marc Plensou



I would like to upgrade our PDM to 2018.

I have been looking at SOLIDWORKS PDM - Upgrading SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard - GoEngineer but I have no idea how to backup the SQL server, file vault databases, archive server settings and file vault archives.

The guide refers to the Installation guide, Solidworks PDM 2018/Solidworks Manage 2018 section 10 Backing up and restoring file vaults, but I don't fully understand that section. I can't locate the SQL Server Management Studio and the Archive Server Configuration as mentioned in that section. Where can I find them?

I did not install PDM to our server, our VAR did and I have no experience with servers or the like.

The upgrade itself seem to be straight forward, run the setup.exe as listed in goengineers guide. But how to backup is not explained.


Does anyone know of a guide for newbies, that explaines step by step how to backup before upgrading?