I tested with Copy Tree (the tool IMHO is significantly better than Pack and Go when working within EPDM). The template was checked in, but when I opened the checked out copied files, the equations were updated.
If you are doing that much automation with that many equations for that many users, I gotta think DriveWorks would be an easy ROI for you.
Thanks for the reply and have read your article. I know you are convinced but I am not so sure yet about the copy tree. I need to use it again and see am I missing something as I have not used it much. Our reseller tried the copy tree and it also falls over. The issue seems to be not having complete read write access and is now submitted to SolidWorks as an issue. Driveworks /Tacton were a possibility but because we would need 20 templates the cost is enormous.
We have the technical know how and we believe that by us doing it we can evolve the templates, we use a lot of derived sketches from a driving file which is complex design table driving equations, scale factors and many more features in 10 different configurations, each used in different assemblies depending on their position within tooling on a machine.
I tried the copy tree within EPDM but it does not work. Equations fall over. When I say equations its the global variables that fall over and I have quite a few that drive values for turning on and off features/parts.
Not sure if you have any more thoughts on this?