Change the data directory

The PDXpert Application Server manages different types of data in several subfolders under a single "data directory" Windows folder. Together, these subfolders contain your complete PLM data: database, file library, search index and related settings. When the PDXpert Application Server is first installed, the data subfolders are made within the default data directory. Changing the base path copies the data subfolders and their contents into the new data directory.

Before changing the data directory:

  • All users must be logged out of the PDXpert client application.

  • Back up your database and library.

The selected data directory must be on a local internal drive. The operation may fail – possibly without any error message – if you select a compressed, network-mapped, or external (e.g., USB) volume.

The selected destination folder must be empty, or must be a previously-used PDXpert data directory.

  • If the selected folder is empty, then the source data is copied into the empty folder.

  • If the selected folder is a valid PDXpert data directory that contains the pdxpertdata signature file, then data in the destination folder is not deleted. The PDXpert Server begins using the data in the destination folder.

  • If the selected folder contains data that PDXpert does not recognize, a warning is shown. If you click the Yes button, data in the destination folder is deleted and the source data is copied into the empty folder.

Do not add files to the server's \Data\ folder or its subfolders. Unrecognized files may interfere with proper operation or may be deleted without warning.

On the PDXpert Application Server window:

  1. Click on Manage.

  2. Within the System changes area:

    • The Change Data Directory... button opens the Browse for Folder dialog. Choose or make the folder on the local computer where you want your product data and library files to be saved, and click the OK button. For example, if you want the \Database, \Library and other folders within D:\PDXpert\Data, then select or create this path.

      Moving the data may take a while: the PDXpert Application Server must copy the database, index, and every library file.

      The data contained in the source directory is not deleted.

    • The Copy button copies the current folder path to the Windows clipboard.

    • The Open… button opens the data directory in Windows File Explorer.

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