What is the CONNECTION Client?
The CONNECTION Client provides access to services that cut across applications, like notifications and service updates, for use within desktop applications. Within CONNECT Edition applications, the CONNECTION Client provides access to data and services in the context of a project/asset.
What operating systems are supported by the CONNECTION Client?
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 2016
Do you need to have administrator rights to install?
Yes, administrator rights are needed to install
Are there any prerequisites?
Yes, .NET Framework 4.6.2
Do you need an internet connection to install?
If .NET Framework 4.6.2 is installed you don’t need an internet connection. If it isn't already installed on the machine the installer will attempt to download and install it. If there’s no internet connection the installation will fail.
Which domains does the CONNECTION Client access?
Whitelist *.Bentley.com, or the following. A description of each domain's purpose is provided below:
What port needs to be open?
How much network traffic does the CONNECTION Client generate?
When signed in and running idle, estimated usage is 900 KB per hour. Usage increases when interacting with the CONNECTION Client, especially when downloading software updates or using project sharing features.
What if my organization has a proxy server? Where do I enter the server address, user name, and password?
Proxy information is read from the Bentley Licensing Tool. The Bentley Licensing Tool is found in "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Bentley Shared\CONNECTION Client\LicenseService\Bentley.Licensing.LicenseTool.exe". In the Bentley Licensing Tool go to Tools > Options > Proxy Configuration tab. Toggle on the “Use a proxy server..” box and in the Proxy Server field, enter the Address value then add a colon character followed by the Port value noted earlier. For example, if the proxy was named proxy.company.com with a port of 8080, the Proxy Server field would be populated with the following value:proxy.company.com:8080
If a user name and password are required toggle on the “Proxy server requires authentication” box and enter the user name and password.
Click the Test Proxy Configuration link that appear in the lower right corner after entering proxy settings to ensure they are valid.
***Please Note: Proxy.PAC configuration is not supported. ****
Where do I find the CONNECTION Client logs folder?
Typically when having an issue with the CONNECTION Client you're asked to zip the entire Logs folder and send it in to support. It's located at C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Bentley\Logs or use this shortcut in the browser address bar %localappdata%\Bentley\Logs.
In CONNECTION Client version 10.00.13.17 and newer there's a Bentley Log Collector that will gather all of the logs that support needs to begin troubleshooting a CONNECTION Client or Subscription Entitlement Service issue.
Type Bentley Log Collector in the Windows search field to locate it, or go to "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Bentley Shared\CONNECTION Client\LogCollector.exe"
Simply click the Collect button > Browse to a folder > Name the file > Click Save > a zip file is created with all of the log files support requests.
Do I need to keep signing in?
When a user signs into the CONNECTION Client initially, a security token is generated which is valid for seven days. Starting with CONNECTION Client 10.00.10.22, when this token is within one day of expiration the CONNECTION Client (if running) will now renew the token for another seven days to keep the user signed in. If you are not signed in or you are offline when the token expires you will be signed out of the CONNECTION Client and the next time you connect you will have to sign in manually.
Does the CONNECTION Client work in a Citrix XenApp environment?
Yes, the CONNECTION Client is certified for Citrix XenApp 7.15. Publish the CONNECTION Client as you would any other Bentley desktop application. If you have multiple users with administrator accounts that will be signing in simultaneously UAC must be enabled on the server where the CONNECTION Client is installed.
Are there any known issues?
If your Windows username has a special character (abc#123) in it you will not be able to install. If it has a space in it (ex. John Smith) updates through the CONNECTION Client will fail. The space issue only affects updates and will not prevent you from manually downloading and installing the update. Workarounds are:
This applies to both scenarios. Open the command prompt (type cmd in the search field) and run the following commands:
1.Mkdir C:\temp\ ENTER2.Set TEMP=C:\temp\ ENTER3.Set TMP=C:\temp\ ENTER4.Depending on where the installer/exe is located you may need to run a similar command to change the location of the directory: "cd C:\BentleyDownloads\"5. blg6410001511en.exe (CONNECTION Client executable name for version 10.00.15.11 Change to match the name of the .exe file)
This applies to the space issue: Download and install updates manually, or you can log into the same machine with a Windows account that doesn't have a space in the name to do the update.
Why is installation of the CONNECTION Client required?
All workstations with Bentley desktop applications should install the CONNECTION Client and sign in for the following reasons:
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