The intention of this Wiki is to give a CAD Manager or Site Admin a more comprehensive overview for upgrading to MicroStation CONNECT Edition. This is meant to give you guidance from picking your hardware through installing the product and configuring your workspace. There are links to Wiki’s, Blog’s, and Training to help eliminate a lot of searching for reference and resource materials. If you wish to deploy, configure, migrate, customize, network or trouble shoot your workspace there are links to assist you.
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An outline of the minimum system configuration for installation and recommended workstation profile for running MicroStation CONNECT Edition can be found in the MicroStation CONNECT Edition Readme under the topics “Installation Requirements” and “Minimum Profile”. Please refer to the section “MicroStation CONNECT Edition Readme” below for directions on how to locate the Readme information.
We recommend verifying any Third Party applications are compatible before implementing.
Hardware requirements and other topics are covered by the MicroStation CONNECT Edition Frequently Asked Questions page.
The MicroStation CONNECT Edition Readme files can now be found on the “Bentley Product Documentation” web page.
Go to the MicroStation tile and set the Publication to “MicroStation ReadMe”, select the correct version and language. Then click anywhere in the tile to bring up the document selected.
Please note that for MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 10 English language, the Readme file is part of the help file. You will need to set the Publication to “MicroStation Help”. For all other languages, set the publication to “MicroStation ReadMe”.
The readme file is also available after installation from the File menu > Help > Readme.
The path to the document follows the pattern: "C:\ProgramData\Bentley\Documentation\MicroStation\10.10.0\en\htm\Readme.html". The exact oath will vary with version and language.
Currently we are experiencing some performance difficulties with the online help system, please read:Turn off access to Online Help Documentation in MicroStation CONNECT Edition
The MicroStation CONNECT Edition installer has been updated to include several new features. This list of new features includes the addition of Companion Features and Companion Products. You will benefit from knowing what is included and an understanding of the installer and its components will speed and smoothen the installation procedure.
Training: Before You Install MicroStation - Things to KnowBefore You Install MicroStation - Things to Know
The site, by default, lists the latest CONNECT Edition releases. If you do not have Bentley sign in information, please contact your site administrator so that he/she can set you up as a web user for your company. They will need to give you download permissions.
Wiki Link: Software Download InstructionsSoftware Download Instructions
Wiki Link: Installation Instructions:Requirements for MicroStation CONNECT Edition Installation
Training: Running the MicroStation CONNECT Edition InstallerRunning the MicroStation CONNECT Edition Installer
The following instructions are based on the MicroStation CONNECT readme: Home > Installation > "Deployment Guide" and > "To create a Deployment Image"
The deployment image is created by the system administrators for installing the application with the same installation configuration on multiple machines. The installation configuration includes the installation location, features, shortcuts, additional packages, and so on. Once created, users will be able to double-click Setup_MicroStationx64_10.xx.xx.xx.exe available in the deployment image folder to install the application with the set configuration without the need of any user interaction or internet CONNECTION for component downloads. The deployment image can be shared in the network as a UNC path or pushed out using other remote installation applications.
How to Create a Deployment ImageMicroStation CONNECT - How to create a Deployment Image
Training: Creating a Deployment Image for MicroStation CONNECT Edition.Creating a Deployment Image for the MicroStation CONNECT Edition
This article covers the process for establishing a network workspace for MicroStation CONNECT. It also explains the procedure for using the network configuration for all subsequent installations of MicroStation CONNECT
Setting up the Workspace on a Network Setting Up the MicroStation CONNECT Workspace on a Network.
And for more detail:
CONNECT Edition - Custom Configuration Guides
"Looking Under the Bonnet..." CONNECT Edition Configuration articles
A Debug file can be very useful in investigating configuration issues as it contains all the variables contained in all the configuration files processed by MicroStation. To see a listing of MicroStation’s Configuration generate a debug file from a modified shortcut.
How to Quickly Generate a Debug FileHow to Quickly Generate a Debug File
How to create a list of all CONNECT Edition Configuration VariablesHow to create a list of all CONNECT Edition Configuration Variables
Training: Running a MicroStation DebugRunning a MicroStation Debug
There is a lot to consider. MicroStation CONNECT Edition is a little different than any previous version of MicroStation. There is a lot more functionality for the CAD Manager to take advantage of in this new version.
The CONNECT Configuration The CONNECT Configuration
Migrating to MicroStation CONNECT Edition Migrating to MicroStation CONNECT Edition
Some Changes to MicroStation and it’s Configuration Some changes to MicroStation and it's configurations
Please note that the following is intended as an overview of the installation and configuration changes in MicroStation CONNECT Edition compared to previous versions as well as any future releases.
Further information is available in the delivered help under: Home > What's New? > New and Changed in MicroStation > Configuration
It is recommended to backup any original files and track changes being made (this will make it easier to undo any changes made if issues arise).
Configuration Blog Series - Changes to Configuration Levels
Training: Configuring the Dataset for MicroStation CONNECT Before You Begin: Configuring the Dataset for a MicroStation or PowerDraft CONNECT Edition Course
In the MicroStation CONNECT Edition a WorkSet equates to a “project”, with a WorkSpace acting as a grouping for related WorkSets. Within an organization a WorkSpace may be used represent a Client, with its associated WorkSets being the individual projects for that client.Controlling Access to Workspace – Workset Selection
Training: Creating Workspaces in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Variable Definition References
Processing Configuration Variables
The MicroStation ribbon interface typically follows the Microsoft Office ribbon with some enhancements.
The ribbon tabs are organized per workflows. Each workflow has a set of tabs and tools within them. The default workflows are Drawing, Modeling (3D model only), Visualization (3D model only), and Task Navigation. Each workflow contains tools pertaining to a common work environment, like the Modeling workflow primarily contains 3D modeling tools for solids, surface, and mesh modeling. Similarly, the Visualization workflow contains relevant tools for animation, rendering, and similar work. The Task Navigation workflow is provided to import and display old tasks and workflows created in previous versions of MicroStation.
Customizing the Ribbon Series 1-4 Customization Blog series: Customizing the Ribbon - Blog 1 of 4
Customization Blog series: Customizing the Ribbon - Blog 2 of 4
Customization Blog series: Customizing the Ribbon - Blog 3 of 4
Customization Blog series: Customizing the Ribbon - Blog 4 of 4How to Migrate Old Customizations to the Ribbon
The CONNECTION Client is your gateway to Bentley's cloud services, portals, and analytics. By signing into the CONNECTION Client you can find your company's projects, track your time, explore analytics, download software updates, receive relevant notifications, and access other features available to you as a Bentley user. Signing into the CONNECTION Client is a prerequisite to participate in CONNECT capabilities provided through your Bentley desktop applications (CONNECT Edition or V8i with CONNECT Services).
CONNECTION Client: User failed to login
Training:Understanding the CONNECTION Client as a CAD Administrator
CONNECT Licensing is Bentley's new process for product activation, enhancing our users' digital workflows and improving our licensing capabilities with features such as:
Traditionally, product activation has been through an activation key that an Organization distributed to all of its users. With CONNECT Licensing, product activation is managed by user sign in through the CONNECTION Client, which is installed on each machine that uses Bentley applications. This offers a more secure and manageable system as it offers usage alerts, notifying your users when they are about to reach a certain usage limit set by the Administrator.CONNECT Licensing CONNECT Licensing for Administrators: Getting StartedEntitlement Management Configuration
CONNECT Licensing FAQ
Bentley CONNECT Advisor, an in-product tool to access context relevant learning material.
Bentley CONNECT Advisor is installed with CONNECT Edition applications based on MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 4 or later. It was offered as a Technology Preview in Update 4, then became a fully-fledged feature from Update 5 onwards.
Updates to the CONNECT Advisor feature are delivered during quarterly application updates. Each individual CONNECT Edition contains its own CONNECT Advisor feature, so it is possible to have multiple instances running if more than one application is in use.CONNECT Advisor Learning On Demand BlogCONNECT Advisor Wiki
Training: CONNECT Advisor
All Training courses are presented in learning paths. Learning paths provide the recommended sequences of courses for your products, solutions, or role to optimize your Training experience. Use the learning paths to find live Training and on-demand Training, view course descriptions, and register.
Training: Getting Started with MicroStation CONNECT EditionMicroStation for AutoCAD Users CONNECT Edition
Get to know MicroStation CONNECT Edition