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Optimal Setup for PDM Servers Using Virtual Machines

Question asked by Jim Sculley on Feb 14, 2019
Latest reply on Jun 29, 2019 by Francisco Guzman

We currently use PDM Pro 2017 and have two virtual machines (running on the same physical machine) to host the archive and database servers.  These servers were cloned from two old separate physical severs and each VM was given resources (cores, memory, disk space, etc) matching the old physical server. 


These virtualized servers are still running Windows Server 2008 R2.  We plan to upgrade to SW/PDM 2018 or 2019, but before doing so, we need to upgrade the servers to Windows Server 2012 R2 at a minimum.  To achieve this, we would most likely set up one or two brand new VMs.  We would like to set things up for the best possible performance, so I was wondering if those of you out there running PDM in a virtualized environment could comment on your setup. Specifically:


  1. Do you have both servers (DB and Archive) running in one VM?  If not, are your two VMs running on the same physical machine? 
  2. Are your physical servers located on your premises or do they live in a data center?  If in a data center, do you notice any network speed problems?