Is there a procedure to restore cached files from workstations to the PDM server? Last backup is several months out of date, Somebody's local IT failed them and have been asked to look into this as a possible remedy.
If you restore the old backup (undamaged vault Database and corresponding archives), you can replace the same-name files with was is in that cache you mention using the process in this guide:
Restore from crashed computer
For any new files, since they did not exist a few months ago, you can add them as-is and lose version history. don't simply dump data in, do small batches at a time. you need to come up with a strategy based on what you know of your vault and file life cycle and what the engineers know what should be new from the time that the backup was done. long process to still end up with a crippled database. but if you can recover some info, then that's again.
Francisco Guzman | CSWS-DMA
Francisco, I read through the solution you provided. How do you obtain the files to recover from the crashed computer since the files in the local cache are hidden and not accessible?
Hi Michael, I think I am missing something from your question. If the files are hidden and not accessible, then they should not have been visible to the user to cache them in the first place. taking my best guess on what you mean: when you get the folder that makes up the vault view (containing the files to restore), you should be seeing a regular yellow folder. if this is not the case, you would need to step into that folder using command prompt and type the following:
attrib -r -h desktop.ini
this will rename the little ini file within the folder to make it a regular yellow windows folder and you should see all of the cache contents.
Thanks for your reply. What folder do I run this command in?
In the command prompt you would browse into the local view vault folder to run those commands.
We just made a Q! Tip short video on how to browse the local cache without working offline...so browsing the cache WHILE logged in to PDM.
Check it out here: Q! Tip - Browse local cache in SOLIDWORKS PDM - YouTube
Hope this helps
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