SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 301 - New Release Checklist

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

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