We've decided to jump in with both feet and give this a shot. Yes, our server is marginal, our timeline is too short and we don't know enough. We are likely to fail at first, but this is something we've wanted to try for a long time but haven't had the means. We have an opportunity here and we want to take it. If it completely fails, well, we are no worse than we are now. I'm fairly optimistic that we can get something useable running.
Monday IT is going to install SQL and then we'll install PDMLink 9.1. We're going with 9.1 for two reasons. 1 - It provides compatibility from WF3 to Creo 2.0, eventually. Our immediate need is WF4, but we have clients on WF3 through WF5 with one planning to go to Creo 1.0 this quarter. 2 - It seems to be slightly better matched to our hardware. If we're likely to have better success with 10.0, I'm open to that as well.
Now for the stupid question (and perhaps an illustration of how far over my head I am. :-P). Looking at the download page for PDMLink, there are a lot of things to download. I assume much of them are optional add-ons. How much of that do I actually need for an OOTB installation simply to manage Pro/E files (check in/out, rev control, etc.)? I've downloaded PDMLink, the Help files, the PTC Solution Installer, Info*Engine and the Windchill Config Assistant. What else do I need?
I'm thankful for all the help thus far, and all the help I'm likely to get as I get into this.
You will need everything except the business reporting section and workgroup managers, unless you also plan on other CAD files in PDMLink. You will notice that the 'latest' version of some of those files is not m060/m070, which ever you are usng.
I have heard that 80% of new installs are going on SQLServer and it is faster than Oracle. Whoever, if you are planning a multiple site, multiple country implementation then use Oracle. If you must use a Un*x OS, you can only use Oracle.
PTC seems to be pushing the use of Windchill down to the standalone shops with 2-5 seats of Pro/Engineer. In these cases SQLServer is ideal. This makes the 80% of new installs using SQLServer a valid statement, but is it reality?