Product activation is achieved by connecting to a SELECTserver, receiving verification that your SELECTserver Name and Activation Key are correct, and successfully posting usage logs. Product activation is not the same as checking out a license. This section describes how to configure ProStructures for activation. After initial configuration, ProStructures automatically and transparently tries to activate each time it runs, and runs unconstrained for a period of 7 days after its last successful activation.
Note: If the workstation on which ProStructures will be running does not have regular network access for periodic activation (at least every 7 days), then consider utilizing a checked-out license. Checked-out licenses are considered to be in full-time use and ProStructures will not attempt to post usage for the duration of the license term. See the ProStructures documentation for details on obtaining a checked-out license.
Using the Product Activation Wizard
The Product Activation Wizard is designed to step users through the product activation process. After a product is installed, you must obtain a license and then activate that license. Obtaining the license alone is not enough to complete the process. This wizard eliminates the confusion and makes it clear that obtaining a license and activating a product are two essential steps.
The Product Activation Wizard opens automatically at the end of the product installation process, assuming you turned on the Launch activation wizard option on the final page of the installation wizard. See To Install ProStructures for more information on installing ProStructures.
You can also access the Product Activation Wizard from within ProStructures by selecting Tools > Product Activation Wizard in the License Management Tool dialog (File > Tools > License Management). See the License Management Tool documentation in the ProStructures Help for more information.
The first screen of the Product Activation Wizard offers these product activation options:
The wizard steps you through the activation process based on the options selected.
SELECT Subscriber Activating Against a Hosted (Bentley) SELECTserver
If you are activating against a hosted (Bentley) SELECTserver, the Server Name is pre-populated but you must provide the proper Activation Key - see http://www.bentley.com/activate for more information regarding this.
If you already have an account, select Sign-in now and click Next. When the CONNECTION Client opens, enter your Bentley Cloud Services credentials and click Sign In. You can then return to the Product Activation Wizard.
If you are not ready to sign in yet, select Sign-in later and click Next.
If you need to register (create) an account, click the Sign-up link. After creating your account, return to the Product Activation Wizard, select Sign-in now and click Next. When the CONNECTION Client opens, enter your single sign-in credentials and click Sign In. You can then return to the Product Activation Wizard.
8. On the Country of Use page, select the country where you will be using this product and click Next.
The Wizard Selections page displays the information provided on the previous pages.
9. Review the information and click Finish to activate the product.
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SELECT Subscriber with a Deployed (local) SELECTserver
If you are activating against a local SELECTserver, you must provide the proper Server Name and Activation Key. The Server Name and Activation Key, along with any proxy configuration information, can be obtained from your Site Administrator.
9. On the Country of Use page, select the country where you will be using this product and click Next. The Wizard Selections page displays the information provided on the previous pages.
10. Review the information and click Finish to activate the product.
NON-SELECT or Node Locked User
If you are not a Bentley SELECT subscriber and you are activating your product, you are presented with three options:
I have a license file ready to import
I have an activation key
I do not have any license information
Evaluation Only - No License Information
You can use either the Active Directory Group Policy Objects or the LicenseTool command line utility (LicenseToolCmd.exe) to remotely configure the license of your product.
For information on using the Active Directory Group Policy Objects, refer to the Group Policy Administration (ADM) files page on Bentley Communities.
The LicenseTool command line utility (LicenseToolCmd.exe) is delivered in ProStructures's program directory. Following section describes the arguments that can be supplied to the utility.
Note: All of the following commands can also be supplied to the License Tool GUI application (LicenseTool.exe), when starting it from a command shell. However, since the license tool does not have stderr or stdout, the results of the following commands will not appear on the screen. In addition, when calling these commands from LicenseTool.exe (the GUI), all arguments must be preceeded by the "-nowin" argument.
Arguments to checkout a product are:
Note: As feature strings contain the pipe "|" symbol, they must be wrapped in quotes in order to work with the product.
licensetoolcmd checkout /productid:1000 /productversion:10.00.00.25/email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Arguments to checking a product are:
licensetoolcmd checkin /productid:1000 /productversion:10.00.00.25
Argument to import a checked out license is:
licensetoolcmd import /file:c:\mymachine-MicroStation-License.xml
Lists either the products available for checkout or what products are currently checked out on the machine. The default is to produce both lists.
licensetoolcmd list -avail
Lists the current configuration of the license client on the machine running the command. There are no arguments for this command.
Configure a license client option. Takes a license client setting and a value for that setting.
Following settings are available:
licensetoolcmd configure /setting:selectserver /value:selectserver.bentley.com