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Ah, the office temperature – that eternal debate. As in many offices, ours has some people who feel that they're in the Sahara Desert, others who bundle up like they're in Antarctica, a few who just don't care about the temperature, and some who can't quite figure out if they're ever comfortable, like Goldilocks. There is however no 'perfect' temperature. So many variables impact the physical environment of the office – one's activity level, humidity, the outside temperature.
It's the same with Allegro EDM, a client-server suite of applications. There is no 'perfect' environment that suits everyone. Its configuration depends on several factors – Does your company have multiple sites? Do they span geographic regions? How many users do you have per site? Do you intend to work across releases? For example, your X server is in 16.6 and your Y server is in 17.2. What is the average Designer Server’s load at a site? Do you want redundant Designer Servers? What's the network performance in each site? What kind and data size do you manage? Do you plan to scale up your setup? What is your budget? What is your existing library and design data management setup? What sort of hardware do you already have?
Using Allegro EDM's Configuration Manager, a wizard for ECAD administrators, configure the EDM server, clients, and sites and move to the latest hotfix versions. Also customize workspaces, manage utility and library distribution configurations, and compare two sites and merge differences if needed.
After you configure your EDM servers and clients, view the Configuration Manager map for the locations of various servers around the world and their status.
Particularly helpful for troubleshooting, to reduce an ECAD administrator's response time, and to improve server uptime, you can check on the health of the EDM server from the Configuration Manager: which version of EDM is installed, whether the server is up and running, which software components are installed, and hardware statistics.
When configuring EDM, you can also decide whether to have the EDM server log various kinds of messages—errors, warnings, and information messages—and whether you want to be notified of these through e-mails. As an ECAD administrator, this can help you more easily monitor the health of the server. Messages are logged in the \<pcbdw_lib>\server\log\adwserver.out file.
Once you configure Allegro EDM, use <startworkbench>.bat to open Allegro EDM Flow Manager. Among other things, Flow Manager is a cockpit through which you can launch all EDM applications.
Want to know more? Configure Allegro EDM 17.2 using a sample database available with the following Cadence Rapid Adoption Kit (RAK): Configuring Allegro Engineering Design Management (EDM) with a Default Database. Cadence RAKs are easily available by going to support.cadence.com and selecting Resources — Rapid Adoption Kits. So, get yourself a cup of coffee, gaze out at the view from your window, then hit the books!