The CONNECT Edition versions of PLAXIS 2D and PLAXIS 3D installations can be run with commands line parameters, for instance, to perform an automated, silent installation.
The procedure below is the same as described in the link about the CONNECTION Client: Installation - Silent.
To perform a silent installation you need to start Windows Command Prompt, change the directory to the location of the PLAXIS installer and use one of the following command parameters, depending on which product and version you are installing.
The example below concerns the installation of PLAXIS 2D CONNECT Edition V21 Update 1:
All dongle/hardware lock (HWL) based versions of PLAXIS 2D/3D are treated as "V8i SELECTseries 10" according to Bentley's Support Policy. This means that Bentley will discontinue support for hardware lock based versions of PLAXIS after December 31, 2021. This includes PLAXIS 2D 2019 and older, and PLAXIS 3D 2018 and older.
To see the benefits of the latest versions and how to get the latest version, please see PLAXIS CONNECT Edition: upgrade from Hardware lock to Flexible licensing
The legacy versions of PLAXIS 2D and PLAXIS 3D installations are based on Inno Setup. Since the PLAXIS 2012 versions, the following command line parameters are available for the setup:
In order to perform an automated, silent installation, you can use the /SILENT or /VERYSILENT option. Since the CodeMeter drivers uses a third party installation (MSI format), installing the drivers silently will not always work. For this purpose, it would be better to exclude this driver installation by using the /NODONGLE parameter, and then afterwards install the latest CodeMeter driver version using the CodeMeter RunTime kit’s silent installation. With e.g., CodeMeter runtime kit version 5.00 or later, this should be achieved by using the parameters /ComponentArgs "*":"/qn" for the Codemeter installer. Note: to get all possible command line arguments, use the /? argument.
For automatic installation of PLAXIS Connect, it is necessary that PLAXIS Connect is closed and does not run in the background.
One thing that cannot be done automatically via command line parameters, is filling in the registration/user credentials. If you have a valid PLAXIS installation (on e.g. a different computer), then you could follow this procedure:
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