How can I disable the ArcGIS, MicroStation, and AutoCAD integration option?

Product(s): WaterGEMS, SewerGEMS, CivilStorm, StormCAD, PondPack, SewerCAD, HAMMER, WaterCAD
Version(s): V8i, CONNECT Edition
Area: Installation, Licensing


How can I disable or remove the ArcGIS, MicroStation, and AutoCAD integration option from the Start menu, so a user cannot accidentally click on it and integrate the software with those platforms?


How do I disable ArcGIS, MicroStation, and AutoCAD integration to avoid accidental license usage? 


The "Integrate with..." Start menu shortcut will always be installed, but you can always delete the shortcut, or the shortcut for the integrated platforms if they appear.

During installation you can choose not to integrate with AutoCAD / MicroStation / ArcGIS. Click on the AutoCAD / MicroStation / ArcGIS option for which you would like to disable integration and choose "Entire Feature will be unavailable" to disable integration during installation

This prevents the files necessary for the platform integration from being deployed. If a user accidentally clicks on the option after that it will still open the command line window that looks like it is integrating the software, but it will not actually do anything.

Preventing integration during Silent Installation

If you are performing a silent installation or deploying the product installation to multiple computers via SCCM for example, you may want a way to disable integration via command line arguments.

For versions released before August, 2020 (ex: 10.03.01.XX and earlier for most OpenFlows products), this is not possible with the installation file alone. You must extract the setup.msi file and use the below syntax:

msiexec /i setup.msi ADDLOCAL=ALL REMOVE="MicroStation,ArcGIS,AutoCAD,AutoCAD_x64"

For versions released after August, 2020 (10.03.02.XX and later), you can use the following silent mode command line argument syntax with the normal installation file, to specify which integration options to remove during installation (plus the ability to specify the installation folder path and whether or not lessons and samples are installed):

<Installationfile.exe> /q INSTALLDIR="<folder path>" ADDLOCAL=ALL REMOVE=<comma-separated list of features to remove; see below>

Here is an example silent mode command line that changes the install location and removes AutoCAD integration and does not install shortcuts on the desktop and Sample and Lesson files:

WaterGEMS_10.03.02.01_en.exe /q INSTALLDIR=”D:\Bentley Products\WaterGEMS” ADDLOCAL=ALL REMOVE=AutoCAD,DesktopShortcuts,SamplesAndLessons

The ADDLOCAL=ALL command is necessary when using REMOVE. If you only need to change the INSTALLDIR then ADDLOCAL=ALL is not needed. The feature names are case sensitive so they have to match exactly what’s in the product. Feature names can be combined with a comma with no spaces in between features. Here is a list of all features supported per product:

WaterGEMS, SewerGEMS, HAMMER: SamplesAndLessons, DesktopShortcuts, MicroStation, AutoCAD, ArcGIS

WaterCAD, SewerCAD, StormCAD, CivilStorm: SamplesAndLessons, DesktopShortcuts, MicroStation, AutoCAD

WaterOPS, SewerOPS, CulvertMaster, FlowMaster, PondPack: SamplesAndLessons, DesktopShortcuts


  • When you have an older version installed and you’re doing a silent in-place upgrade the INSTALLDIR argument is ignored and the previous installation directory remains unchanged.
  • The "ArcGIS" parameter applies to both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro integration 
  • The syntax is case sensitive in the command line. If there changes in the uppercase and lowercase characters, the command line wont execute.

See Also

AutoCAD Integration Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting ArcMap / ArcGIS Integration

Troubleshooting MicroStation integration