I found out today that my organization has a number of users who are still using MicroStation SS4.I have read through this website in an attempt to establish what Bentley plans for the future of SS licensed products.
I know that SS is in the "sunsetting phase" but I have no idea how long it will take for the sun to actually set, and SS to no longer be available.
Some of the users have mentioned incompatibility between SS4 and SS10. I am in the process of attempting to troubleshoot with them to see what (if any) obstacles stand in the way of the upgrade.In the meantime, it might be useful if there were an updated timeline I could share.
MaryB said:how long it will take for the sun to actually set
one eternity later
MaryB said:SS to no longer be available.
In such case there should be lic files sent out as otherwise users won't be able to reactivate their licenses. Perpetual licenses can't sunset. In worst case they will be locked to computer names.
CDOT was told we had to get off the select server and move any users of SS2 to a "node locked" license. That node (computer) likely factors the computer and the MAC address which generally is unique to a single ethernet port on a computer (WiFi has similar). I say this to be ready for that as an unacceptable solution if you want to keep your perpetual license should the select server actually be shut down.
Bill Graefe said: MAC address
nope, only computer name.
Bill Graefe said:unacceptable solution
That is why XM licensing should stay.
Brilliant. As long as you like the computer name, a node lock apparently works. Of course, that violates any orginzation standards. Whatever licensing they need to provide to keep perpetual licenses going for those that insist on continuing with it, they appear to be legally obligated. I question what the original and subsequent licenses stated about selling it to a student or other, too. They might have put something into later updates that could make a nightmare in courts