Please note that this article is meant to help with the activation of CONNECT Licensing enabled products for academic users. For older product activation, please see our article here.
Activating your CONNECT Licenses for students and teachers:
Many of our products now use CONNECT Licensing. This includes the latest version of MicroStation, along with many others, including the latest releases of STAAD.Pro, RAM, and OpenRoads Designer. The full list of product releases can be found here.
The good news is that CONNECT Licensing does work with academic accounts! We have worked with the CONNECT Licensing team to help them create a system to associate students’ accounts with their school’s CONNECT Licensing system when they create STUDENTserver accounts. The students will then log into STUDENTserver and download the software they want.
One new change is that now the student will also need to download Bentley CONNECTION Client, which is Bentley’s user portal tool. Sign into CONNECTION Client before using your software to activate your license. Once you have signed into CONNECTION Client, you can start the software and CONNECTION Client will activate the licenses.
There is also slight difference in workflow for on-campus users. Previously, students would not need any log in to use software on campus. Now, because CONNECT Licensing associates licensing with the user, students will need to create STUDENTserver log-ins to use on campus. This is an additional step that some of our account administrators might not know. Because of this, we recommend that you provide your students at the computer labs with the school code they need to activate their STUDENTserver sign-ins.
Please find more information about CONNECT Licensing here.
For administrators: adding students to your account manually
There may be cases in which the school’s account administrator would like to manually manage student’s access to CONNECT Licensing. This can be done by following these steps:
Firstly, they should create user accounts for the students who need access. This can be done individually or in bulk; this process is explained here.Please note that in order to do this, the account administrator will need the names and email addresses for the students being added (or school email addresses that can be used on the students’ behalf).
The second step is to go to the “Entitlement Management” part of their account and add entitlements for the desired programs to the students’ user accounts. Information on this can be found here. Once the students have accounts with the proper entitlements for the software they want to use, they can log into that software with their Bentley accounts and use the software.