Has anyone attempted to migrate the vault on their own? If so, is it possible to keep your old vault data and migrate as needed.
I do migrations as a service as well as many other VARs. If you only want latest version, it’s not too hard of a process to do on your own (in some specific cases). Be prepared for creating duplicates. It really depends on how much you have. If you have years and years, hundreds of gigs, or complex project structure in WPDM even latest version only migrations services start looking very attractive.
It is absolutely possible to maintain your old wpdm vault concurrently and in many cases, I recommend it during a transition period, as many people are nervous about such a big change. I recommend you do restrict access to a ‘librarian’ or set the legacy vault as read only. It would be a night mare if users continued to use both systems simultaneously.
With keeping an old vault, bear in mind the version of software. Users accessing the old system will have to keep an old version of at least SOLIDWORKS Explorer around to maintain access.
I have done multiple WG to EPDM migration in the past.
Solidworks Provides a utility to do this and this procedure is pretty straightforward.
You might wanna contact your VAR to obtain this utility and also to explore what services they offer.
I highly recommend to do the migration first and then start implementing or customizing PDM on the same vault to make use of superior EPDM features.
I highly discourage having a legacy vault and a live PDM vault as 2 different environments. This is a total mess when you think about searchability and design reusability in the future.
I too have done many Workgroup to PDM (St’d or Pro) migrations. If you are happy/comfortable with just latest version/revision, it’s a pretty easy migration and you can probably muscle through it on your own. However, if you need to migrate ALL version of your Workgroup data then you’ll probable need some assistance. Ravi mentioned contacting your VAR to obtain the migration tool. Only the VAR’s and certain Service Providers have the SOLIDWORKS migration tool and it cannot be shared. The migration work will need to be performed by someone with the tool.
I agree with Ravi, I would not plan on using the two different vaults at the same time. Once you migrate your data to the new PDM vault you should only refer to the “old” Workgroup vault if there are any questions or issues which require you to check the file(s) there.
Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the comments!
Any opinions on using another package outside of Solidworks? I had looked at DDM a few months ago. The reason I was looking at other options is to not be tied down to a Solidworks file management system.
PDM systems are complex and come with their own Pros/Cons.
I think "not be tied down to a Solidworks file management system" cannot be the only reason to not choose Solidworks PDM. As Solidworks PDM will give you many advantages compared to other Systems.This includes guarantee of compatibility and support for Solidworks file types , CAD and PDM version releases in Sync, Support from a same vendor etc.
That being said you can take a look at TCRS (Team Center rapid start).
Again, Evaluate the licensing style , how much it costs to get all the features of Solidworks PDM such as CAD integration , items, reporting , replication etc. I am talking only about software . Implemtation will vary from vendor to vendor.
I did it and it's been a yrs working ok
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