The following document provides instructions for downloading, installing, and configuring SELECTserver on an in-house server, known as a deployed SELECTserver.
Important: These instructions only apply to users who have not already migrated to Bentley's online licensing solution, known as Bentley CONNECT SELECTservices (i.e. the "hosted" server or SELECTserver Online).
Warning: Support for deployed installations of SELECTserver ends on January 1, 2021. Users of any SELECTserver-based products are strongly encouraged to migrate to our hosted SELECTserver before then. Please refer to the following migration FAQ for more information.
SELECTserver is responsible for activating Bentley products, collecting usage data from client machines, and transmitting usage data to Bentley. While the component can be installed on a client machine, Bentley recommends installing it on a server that is always on to ensure availability and proper operation. A server operating system is also recommended since client operating systems impose a limit of ten simultaneous connections.
Before proceeding with the installation, ensure that Internet Information Services (IIS) is installed. This can be accomplished by adding the Web Server (IIS) role from the Server Manager.
Execute the installer, and click the Next button the initial screen that appears.
The SELECTserver Database Setup window will automatically launch following the installation. If upgrading from a previous installation of SELECTserver, the connection settings will be populated automatically. If performing a clean installation, enter the connection settings for an existing instance of SQL Server. SELECTserver 09.01.00.xx does not automatically install a database instance. The following instructions can be used to download and install SQL Server 2016 Express.
If performing a clean installation, SELECTserver Database Setup will appear like below:
Update the server and user credential fields. If using the SQL Server 2016 Express instructions mentioned above, the settings will look similar to these:
Click the New button, enter a database name, and click the OK button to proceed.
If upgrading from a previous installation of SELECTserver instead, the connection settings will be populated automatically. Click the OK button to upgrade the database for use with the new version of SELECTserver.
Following the creation of a new database, a license file must be retrieved when opening the SELECTserver administration site for the first time:
As an alternative to the installation instructions above, Bentley offers a free licensing solution on the Internet that workstations can reference. The following migration FAQ provides more information.