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A user would like to deploy AutoPIPE v09.06.00.19 to our users. When AutoPIPE launches the users have the option to select the type of license they would like to use. We would like for this to default to Standard in stead of Advanced. We would also like to turn off that prompt from appearing for users.
Bentley apologize for the inconvenience, however AutoPIPE does not have a feature to restrict people from choosing a radio button in front of the types of program editions. Refer to image below, pink shaded areas:
AutoPIPE V8i 09.06.01.xx and higher: select File> License Configuration>
AutoPIPE V8i 09.06.00.xx and lower: select Tools> Settings> Edition>
After AutoPIPE is closed the next time the application starts it automatically uses the exact same license settings as was set before the application was closed. User's do have the ability to review these settings each time the program starts by checking ON the "Show Welcome Screen on Startup" option in the lower left corner of the dialog.
That way when the application starts the user can chose which edition and add on feature should be enabled for the current session.
The only way to limit a users ability to use a specific version of AutoPIPE (Standard, Advanced, Nuclear) and Add-on features (KHK and/or Stress ISO) is to remove the license from the list of authorized application licenses visible in the License Management Tool (LMT). Note, this approach does not work for QTL or Open Access contracts. These people have free rain to use any edition and pay for usage at the end of the month. Therefore, they need to vigilant about what edition of the program is actually being used at any time and length of time.
AutoPIPE V8i 09.06.01.xx and Higher: select File> License Management Tool>
AutoPIPE V8i 09.06.00.xx and Lower: select Tool> Setting> License Management Tool>
License Checkout Tab:
Again, only those licenses viewed in this listing are available to the user. Therefore, if the user tries to select an option in the program that does not coincide with this list of licenses, the program will revert to DEMO mode for that license option.
Example, user starts AutoPIPE and the "Welcome to AutoPIPE Licensing" screen is displayed. The person selects the radio buttons for "Advanced", checks ON the option for "KHK 2 Add-on", and presses the "OK" button to start using the application (see image below, left). The program will only be licensed to use AutoPIPE "Advanced" and NOT "KHK 2 Add-on", as it is not listed in LMT (see image above). When the user re-opens the "Welcome to Licensing" dialog screen, the "Advanced radio button is still highlighted, but the "KHK 2 Add-on" option would be unchecked (see image blow, right). Again the user is only able to use license that are available in LMT.
So the question still remains, how to restrict access to a version of AutoPIPE if all the license are shown on the License Management Tool?
Someone with Select Server access can setup Custom Activation Groups. Utilizing a Custom Activation Group allows for the sub-division of your site’s license pool for distribution to various designated groups while also allowing for usage tracking. In addition, you can limit the software that is part of each Custom Activation Group. People that are part of a specific activation group will have a specific Site Activation key that is entered into the License Management Tool. Again, this will limit their exposure to license able to be used by Bentley software (i.e. AutoPIPE, AutoPIPE Vessel)
Click here for more info on Custom Activation groups
Click here for How to migrate users to a custom activation group
Q1. Can I hide / restrict some of the available licenses on my account from user?
Does Activation groups restrict different team members to specific editions of the software?
Yes and No. When a person belongs to a Custom Activation Group they are given a specific Site Activation Key by your company appointed Bentley On-site administrator. They are in charge of the people who belong to a specific group and the software license available for usage by that specific group. Therefore, all the people in that group have access to only those license available to that group.
Account has both AutoPIPE Vessel and AutoPIPE Vessel Enterprise licenses on their account. It was determinded at the company that a goup of people should have access to AutoPIPE Vessel and 1 additional code, Pressure Vessel Code European EN 13445). How to set this up?
As mentioned only a designated Bentley On-site Administrator can make these changes. Follow the instructions here to create a Custom Activation Group.
See Select Server Help, shown below:
Once on the Custom Activation Groups SELECTserver help page (image above), scroll down to see a complete set of instructions on how to create Custom Activation Group. Some detailed screen shots from that process are shown below:
Send the new Activation key created above to the user and ask that he place it to their LMT, Options> Tool field:
The following dialog will appear:
The user will now be restricted to using those licenses on the Site activation key / Custom Activation Group.
Managing License issue