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The following support solution provides strategies for migrating users to a custom activation group and preventing unauthorized use of a main site activation key.
Custom Activation Groups are a powerful tool for managing access to product licenses, especially for users with SELECT Open Access or an Enterprise License Subscription. An administrator can create a custom activation group with a subset of licenses applicable to a team or office, for example. Any workstations configured with the custom activation group will have access to this subset of licenses only, causing any unauthorized products to stop functioning after 30 days. Additionally, the custom activation group can be disabled or revoked at any time by an administrator without affecting the main site activation key provided by Bentley.
To benefit from custom activation groups, workstations must be configured to use one instead of the main site activation key. The following section provides methods for reconfiguring workstations.
For small offices, an administrator can provide instructions to users with the following instructions.
For larger offices or for license setting enforcement, an administrator can specify the new custom activation group in a Group Policy Object (GPO) and deploy it to workstations. The following news article provides more information.
For offices that do not utilize Active Directory Group Policy, a command-line licensing configuration utility included with Bentley products can be used to reconfigure workstations instead. The following batch file provides a template that can be modified as needed.
To force users to utilize a custom activation group instead of the main site activation key, please perform the following steps:
Any users still configured with the main site activation key will encounter activation errors when using their products.
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