To assist in our efforts to provide premium-level support to users of our products through Bentley Communities, we have put in place an efficient and secure way for you to provide Bentley files that will help solve issues you are having. The steps to do this are as follows:
1. You need to identify the Forum thread URL:
This helps coordinate the file(s) being provided with the forum topic and member they relate to.
2. Then open this link, which is identified in various areas on Communities. The following renders in a Web browser.
Enter your email address, first and last name, company or organization you are with, and then the "Forum thread URL" saved from previously. Then select files from your computer or network to upload (maximum of 2GB in size) and click on "Upload File(s)". There is an activity indicator identifying that the upload is taking place. Once complete, an informational message indicates if the upload is successful or not.
IMPORTANT: If the upload is successful, you should confirm you have uploaded the file(s) (and note the file name(s)) in the "Forum thread URL" forum thread. Note that the file(s) you upload will ONLY be accessible to Bentley colleagues -- they will NOT appear in the Communities forum thread.
3. Bentley Support analysts can then access the file(s) to continue their investigation.
1. Files uploaded to this area are set to expire 7 days after they are uploaded.
2. Files that have the same name can be safely uploaded to this area -- the system automatically adds a (#) to the file name when it is the same as a file that was previously uploaded and is still in the folder.
It is not entirely clear what you mean. The purpose of a "Secure File Upload" is to provide a VERY easy way to limit who has access to data associated with an issue that is MUCH simpler than FTP and allows users who do not have access to FTP a way to provide information. If you attach a file to a post or upload it to a file/media gallery on Be Communities, then everyone who has access to that area on Be Communities can access it. Both methods can be used within the context they exist for. We have no plans to change that.