PDM Essentials – FAQ

At a glance:

What is PTC Windchill PDM Essentials?

PTC Windchill PDM Essentials is a pre-configured package of PTC Windchill that is designed for rapid deployments by customers with basic MCAD data management needs. The package contains everything needed for basic Creo data management except the OS. It is designed to exclusively support a monolithic Microsoft Windows Server OS and SQL Server database platform (SQL Server is included in the package and in the seat price).

The initial release of Windchill PDM Essentials is based on the Windchill 10.1 M030 platform


What are the key capabilities of PTC Windchill PDM Essentials?


What is bundled in the PTC Windchill PDM Essentials package?


What is NOT included and NOT supported in the package?


What Creo and 3rd party CAD applications are supported?

The initial release (Windchill 10.1 M030) supports the following CAD integrations:

Version compatibility for PTC Creo Parametric

Version compatibility for PTC CAD apps with workgroup managers

Version compatibility for third–party CAD applications:


How is PTC Windchill PDM Essentials licensed?

There is a single concurrent user seat license associated with the system. Any user can access any of the functionality of the system under this single license (up to the concurrent user limit).

Any user can use any one or more of the supported workgroup managers at any time at no extra cost. This means that a single user could use the workgroup managers for SolidWorks and for AutoCAD at the same time (or in the same session) if desired.


How is SQL Server licensed?

SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard runtime edition is bundled with the system and included in the seat price from PTC (that is, there is no need to purchase SQL Server CALs and server licenses separately). The installation does not currently support connecting to an existing SQL Server deployment. The customer can use the embedded SQL Server Standard runtime edition only with the PTC Windchill PDM Essentials package (the Microsoft terms of the SQL Server runtime edition limit the use of the database to the application with which it is bundled). This means that you cannot connect another application to the SQL Server instance that is bundled and deployed with PTC Windchill PDM Essentials.


What other licenses does the customer need?

The customer must purchase or have existing Microsoft Windows Server licenses and client access licenses for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for each Windchill seat. For example, if you purchased 10 seats of PTC Windchill PDM Essentials, you must also have or purchase Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with 10 Client Access Licenses (CALs).


Can I purchase a bundle that includes Creo and PTC Windchill PDM Essentials?

Yes—PTC has added several Creo Essentials packages that include PTC Windchill PDM Essentials as part of an attractively priced bundle.


What training is available for PTC Windchill PDM Essentials?

A specific PTC eLearning library is available for PTC Windchill PDM Essentials.


What Languages are supported?

All the languages supported with the Windchill platform are supported for PTC Windchill PDM Essentials:

Only the English version of the SQL Server database is currently packaged and deployed.


What customer benefits does PTC Windchill PDM Essentials provide?

Easily deploy PTC Windchill PDM Essentials in less than 3 hours.

Securely manage and search for CAD designs as well as related product content to improve efficiency and reduce risk

Keep pace with growth


What are the system requirements for the package?

All that is required is a physical or virtual machine in which Windows Server 2008 R2 is deployed. The SMB package can only be deployed on a single physical or virtual machine. There is no provision for a multi-machine deployment. However, with the advent of powerful, multi-core processor machines, the need for multiple physical or virtual machines is typically unnecessary for a deployment of up to about 25 active CAD users and 200 active web users.

Machine Requirements:

If you enabling concurrent CAD format publishing on the server (this is enabled by default), allocate additional RAM to support opening the Creo CAD worker on the server to generate Creo View viewables and formats such as PDF. For example, if the largest assemblies you work with require 6 GB of RAM to open in Creo, you should configure the server with a minimum of 12+6 = 16 GB of RAM to accommodate the publishing load.


Will PTC Windchill PDM Essentials be released regularly?

Yes! The PTC Windchill PDM Essentials package will follow the PTC Windchill PDMLink release schedule and a new version of the package will be made available with each PTC Windchill PDMLink maintenance and point release. Existing customers need only apply the applicable Windchill platform update in the same way that PTC Windchill PDMLink or PTC Windchill ProjectLink customers apply updates.

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