When PDM Professional 2021 was released in October of 2020, there was also an announcement that after 2021 SP5, Microsoft SQL 2014 for PDM Professional and Manage would no longer be supported. That version of SQL was the last version to be delivered with the purchase of PDM Professional and Manage so there are many of you still using that version today. With a little planning and understanding, we can make your move to 2022 a bit easier and tackle the upgrade of SQL as well.

The system requirements are located here.

Microsoft SQL system requirements.

SQL-supported versions going forward will be 2016, 2017, and 2019. All three of those versions are supported with 2020 and 2021 PDM. SOLIDWORKS no longer ships SQL with PDM so now is the time to start searching for a vendor to purchase SQL. If you do not have a vendor, CADimensions can help. Some of you have to purchase a license because you do not own any internally, so you will be purchasing 2019. At the time of this blog, Microsoft allows you to use older versions if you choose to use 2016 or 2017.

Microsoft SQL Standard Licensing can be confusing with both Core and Server + CAL licensing models. CADimensions can help you understand in more detail what version is best for you and what licensing model would be the most cost-effective. Once you have Purchased a SQL version that is supported in future releases, CADimensions Services teams can help determine a plan and timeline for your organization to assist in getting your environment upgraded.

Go to https://www.solidworks.com/support/system-requirements


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