Can I install AutoPIPE on a VM (Virtual Machine)?
What is a Virtual Machine?
According the WIKIpida:
In computing, a virtual machine (VM) is an emulation of a computer system. Virtual machines are based on computer architectures and provide functionality of a physical computer. Their implementations may involve specialized hardware, software, or a combination....
Yes, AutoPIPE can be installed on a VM.
++Important ++ Notice about use of Bentley products in virtual environments
Virtual Machine Software:
There a many different software makers and programs that create a VM, therefore Bentley cannot provide detailed assistance in setting up the actual VM, However, we will be happy to assist with typical installation of Bentley applications. Suggest to contact the VM software technical support for installing instructions and settings recommendations of the VM.
The VM must meet the minimum requirements set forth in the AutoPIPE version's readme file. Then install AutoPIPE as if it was a normal computer.
The VM must support licensing of Bentley application through BLT (Bentley Licensing Tool) supported by SES (Subscription Entitlement Service). There a number of methods to do this; connect to BLT, or check out a license to be imported into BLT.
CONNECTION Client or SES-based products do not officially support application virtualization environments such as Citrix XenApp because of usage reporting issues that could potentially violate our licensing agreement. Such issues do not affect desktop virtualization environments such as Citrix XenDesktop, however. Development is actively investigating how to address the issues posed by application virtualization environments given their popularity in the industry.
User Profile / Permissions
As with an installation of AutoPIPE on a normal computer, the application will read / write to many folders. Thus, the users will still need permission to reads / writes data as needed by the application in a normal setting.
Do I need to have internet connection?
Yes and No.
Depending on your licensing, If you have a node lock license, then No you do not need an internet connection.
However, if you plan to share licenses among a group of people, then Yes you do need an internet connection to log into connection client in order to get your entitlements.