Just because Vault doesn’t include a particular capability or feature “out of the box”, doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. There are many niche needs when it comes to data management, and applications can be written (or borrowed from) to accomplish many feats of PDM glory.
One of the common CAD management issues I commonly get asked about is how to restore a single file that was inadvertently deleted from Vault. By default, this could require a complete restore of the entire Vault database, and if the deletion wasn’t caught early enough, this would not be remotely feasible as all kinds of new data would already be added to the Vault. Another approach would be to keep a “hidden” copy of all the vault files for an administrator to access. This can be done with the Vault Mirror utility written by Doug Redmond and posted on his blog. This utility can batch process any new files added to Vault and also copy a version of the file to an alternate location. The utility and source code are included on the Vault server installation, and Doug’s blog details on it are posted here:
Another utility Doug has written allows an iProperty to be added in files to list the current Vault folder it resides in. For companies that place files in a specific folder structure depending on file name, type, or use, this utility allows CAD managers to quickly verify that new files added to Vault are in the correct locations. Simply create a search folder of all files added recently and turn on display of the “folder path” to see if the files reside in the correct locations. The utility and source code for this one is also on Doug’s blog here:
Contributed by Ben of the Tata Technologies CAD Geeks