5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 11, 2009 10:04 AM by Tom Cote

    Creating a test vault

    Tom Cote

      I'm getting ready to start implementing another division onto EPDM.  This division's file are a mess, they were VERY sloppy with their SolidWorks templates and Formats.  Some of the guys did not even fill in the custom properties and would edit the format.

      For political reasons I'm having to deal with two different VAR's and of course I keep getting different answers depending on who I talk to and the time of day.  But my main question is how I should go about a test vault and SQL.  It's easy enough to create a test vault. But what about the SQL, do I install a separate one or do I use the existing SQL on our corporate server?

       

      Thanks,

       

      Tom C.

        • Re: Creating a test vault
          Devon Sowell

          Hi Tom-

           

          RE:" But what about the SQL, do I install a separate one or do I use the existing SQL on our corporate server?"

           

          I recommend using the existing SQL database. Multiple SQL databases are easy to manage. I believe you are restricted to one license of SQL. However, a free trial of SQL is available from Microsoft, it's good for 180 days. You can install SQL locally or on a network drive for test purposes.

           

          The Archive Server is where the 3D files are stored. Multiple Archive Servers can be installed, locally or on the network.

           

          The best scenario is to use the network locations to replicate the actual working conditions.

           

          Devon Sowell

          http://www.pdmsolution.com

            • Re: Creating a test vault
              Tom Cote

              Devon,

               

              Thanks for the answer that is basically what I thought but needed to know.

              If I create Data Cards and Workflows (including links) in the test vault will I be able to transfer them over to the real vault ok?  I have been told that very involved and difficult workflows do not transfer well and that data tends to get lost.  Is this true from your experience?

               

              Thanks again,

               

              Tom

                • Re: Creating a test vault
                  Devon Sowell

                  Hey Tom-

                   

                  RE:"If I create Data Cards and Workflows (including links) in the test vault will I be able to transfer them over to the real vault ok? Yep, piece of cake, use the Export function. What do mean by "links"? If you mean links from one workflow to another, once Imported just edit the links, very easy to do. To transfer Data Cards from one Vault to another, just Open the Cards and Save them in the new Vault.

                   

                    I have been told that very involved and difficult workflows do not transfer well and that data tends to get lost. No way man! Data is never "lost" Again, the Export function works great for this.

                   

                  Devon

              • Re: Creating a test vault
                David Stokes

                I agree with Devon. One thing to watch though. When you import the test workflow into your live, it will try to pull through any other "things" that the workflow requires to work correctly such as revision numbers and components etc. If these dont' exist in the live vault or are identical then you shouldn't have any problems, if they are different... Just be careful...