Anyone have any experience with this? Out primary Server is Windows2003 and SW2014 will not support it so we are searching for solutions.
There are two services that I know of.
For what its worth, whatever you choose I would make sure that you have a fast and reliable VPN connection to the hosted server. Since Workgroup runs on a series of text files instead of a real database, there are lots of transactions passed back and forth to the server to write to those text files and if the connection isn't great, there is a real good chance of data corruption (ever search for a file you knew was there but it didn't show up or went looking for rev B that you did yesterday but could only find rev A?).
In any case, we have worked with Epi-Grid a lot for hosted EPDM servers and they have a really unique setup that makes their connections perform well. Both Software and HardWare VPN connections plus they have multiple ISPs going into their data center so you always get an optimized connection. I'd definitely suggest having a conversation with them if you can.
We have hosted Workgroup PDM vaults for several years now both with servers that Whole Hog owns and operates as well as remote servers through providers such as GoDaddy.
Can You help on how to do this given the PDM server must be installed, that is exactly what we would like to do......
So far the solutions we have seen are expensive and require EPDM.
You bet. I'll send a step-by-step overview to your email. We help companies looking to do this type of implementation with both Workgroup and Enterprise as one of our Whole Hog Technologies services. EPDM certainly has more functionality, but Workgroup is a good fit for many companies too.
Hi Brandon,,, would you mind sending it to me too? I literally just started looking for a solution yesterday and found your post. What great timing.
I posted the white paper on doing this type of cloud-based SolidWorks Workgroup PDM vault here for those interested. Included in the document is a flow chart of the general structure. This might be helpful to somebody working on developing this type of access structure.
It's a relatively simple setup, but it does require some forethought to what security and/or access you want to provide for your SolidWorks users.
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