Enterprise PDM: Indexing the Vault for Content Searching


When you index a vault archive, the search tool can use the content search option to search a document’s contents or properties.

The first step is to set-up the Enterprise PDM index server, on the SQL Server hosting the vault database. The SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Installation Guide (found in the SupportGuides<lang>directory on the installation media) outlines how this is done.

The keys steps include:

  • Verifying the Microsoft Indexing Service installation
  • Updating the vault database with the index server name
  • Changing the database server login account
  • Changing the SQL Server login account
  • Adding index server filters
  • Rescanning the index catalog
  • Managing vault index catalogs.

Once this is done, the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Administration Guide (available from the Help pull-down in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Administration, or it can be found in the SupportGuides<lang>directory on the installation media). Describes how to Index Vault Archives on a SQL Server. It also describes how to Configure the Index Service on a Non-SQL Server and how to Remove a Vault Index.

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Joe Medeiros is a Senior Applications Engineer and CSWE at Javelin Technologies, a SolidWorks Value Added Reseller with locations in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a regular contributor to the Javelin blog.