SOLIDWORKS Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2 Will End
Written by Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer
SOLIDWORKS recently announced that support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will end with SOLIDWORKS 2017 SP5.
What this affects:
- SolidNetWork License Manager
- SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive Server
- SOLIDWORKS PDM Database Server
- SOLIDWORKS Electrical Server
Before upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2018, servers running any of the above will need to be upgraded to a supported edition.
Supported server products:
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server 2012 R2 - NOTE: Support ends with SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP5
- Windows Server 2012 - NOTE: Support ends with SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP5
Support for SQL Server 2008 R2 will also end with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 SP5 but according to SOLIDWORKS, the 2018 products may still run but it hasn’t been tested and therefore not supported.
Supported SQL Server products:
- SQL Server 2016
- SQL Server 2014
- SQL Server 2012
If you purchased PDM Professional (PDM) after or were on subscription as of April 1, 2014, you are eligible for SQL Server 2014. A SQL Server installation disk was included with the installation media for 2015 and 2016 for existing customers and is included for new customers.
The SQL Server installation disk is no longer being sent with the SOLIDWORKS installation disk starting in 2017. If you have your installation media from 2015 or 2016, the SQL Server installation disk is included.
Based on rising costs from Microsoft, SOLIDWORKS made the decision to discontinue providing upgrades to SQL Server starting in 2015. They expect SQL Server 2014 to be supported for a while. If you want to upgrade to SQL Server 2016, though, you will need to purchase it yourself from a Microsoft retailer.