New Release Checklist:
This podcast covers the checklist that SolidWorks users should go through prior to moving forward with a new release like SolidWorks 2011. Topics covered:
- Ensure hardware and OS meets recommended leveles
- Read the RELEASE NOTES!
- Read the What's New documentation and test on a non-production system
- Save your SolidWorks settings and Enterprise PDM Admin settings
- Convert / Update data with Task Scheduler / Network Monitor / File Version Upgrade Utility
With SolidWorks 2011 SP0 right around the corner, there are a few things to check before jumping in with both feet on a major release upgrade. Personally, I run through this on every release, at minimum, just to make sure all the features and functions that I use are at a level of performance that I expect.
With the SolidWorks product line growing in complexity and packages, understanding the impact of a new release across all the installed products is now a concern. Compatibility of EPDM and SolidWorks or older versions of CAM add-ins with SolidWorks 2011 are all areas to check before moving forward.
Once you have done your homework, moving to a new release can be fairly worry free. Ensuring your data is backed up prior to upgrade is also something I cannot stress enough. Make sure your customizations and data is safe before the software is updated to give a safety net in case something happens. If you have other checks that you go though before upgrading, please share them in the comments! ~Lou