Hello, wondering if there is a limit on DMS folder for ProjectWise storage?
we are already at D0110815 in last 4 year PW usage and assuming we will use the rest soon.
How do we handle storage once we run out of DMS folder?
The last folder name for a dms folder would be d9999999. Kevin is partially correct, ProjectWise maintains an 8 digit DMS folder names starting from dms00050. When the number of folders increases, eventually it drops 'ms' and continues folder names as d100000 till d9999999.
This has been tested against ProjectWise Design Integration Server 10.00.02.265 and 10.00.03.140 versions.
Answer Verified By: Gayatri Belhekar
Thanks Gayatri. What happens after it hit the max limit? do we need to create new datasource and link with new storage? we have 70% empty folders currently in PW because PW Admin create folder using templates with permissions and it creates lot of empty folders. we are at D0110820 already and afraid we may use up the limit soon. we are trying to reuse the empty folders but sometimes it has so many permissions that it makes easy to create new folders.
Also, I am assuming if we delete a folder we cannot reuse the DMS # again, correct since these folders are unique numbers.
You are correct, we cannot use the dms number again. You have exhausted only 1.1% of the limit in 4 years and still have 98.9% to go. But if it helps, we can have a look at the template that you are using for creating Projects so that we can minimize the number of empty folders that are being created.
thanks Gayatri. I think we should be good if we have used only 1% of the storage.
On other Note, is there any limit of how much data we can store on ProjectWise Storage. we have around 450GB right now and planning to add 100 GB more. Will it impact the performance of Projectwise?
these limits are dictated by Windows and your database. So depending on which version (and which partitioning method you use) the limits change a bit.
The total number of files on a single drive are limited by Windows OS. Server 2012 with GPT partitioning, supports around 18 Exabytes for a single drive (an exabyte is 1000 petabytes which is a 1000 terabytes). Other configurations max out around 64 TB.
Other limits such as the total number of files would be limited by the database server, SQL Server 2012 limits are 524,272 terabytes of storage for a database, and the maximum rows are limited by the storage available. Just because you can do that doesn't mean it'll be performant. I'm not sure what an advisable size for ProjectWise itself is.
Our largest datasource is 7 TB of disk space with 2.7 million files. We are far from the largest in this respect.