Activating as a non-Select User via SES

Please note: Users requiring action of applications using SELECTserver based licensing should refer to the following WIKi - 

Activating Applications Using SELECTserver Based Licensing as a non-SELECT User


The intent of non-Select (licensing is that the license be used on a single machine, by a single user. As a non-Select user, you must go thru license checkout (essentially you are "reserving' a license out to facilitate product activation).

By default, the checkout is for one year, which is the maximum term.

Users able to log into CONNECTION Client, will be able to check out the license thru the Bentley License Tool

Users unable to log into CONNECTION Client (or operating in a disconnected environment without connectivity) will need an administrator to supply a checked out license (in the form of a ".belic" file), which can then be transferred to the machine the license is intended for (typically via a flash drive). 

How do I find my Administrator?

Opening the Bentley License Tool

The Bentley License Tool can be accessed several ways -


Users Able to log into CONNECTION Client

User not only needs to be able to log into CONNECTION Client, but also be associated to the account by an Administrator. Process for checking out a license can be found here - 

How to check out licenses via the Bentley License Tool 

The Activation wizard built into the Bentley License Tool can also walk you thru the checkout process,  you would choose the second option, "Checkout a License" -

For additional details, refer to the following WIKI ("Option 2")    -

How to activate products under Subscription Entitlement Service


Users Unable to log into CONNECTION Client

This also works for users unaffiliated with your account. Process for Administrator to check out a license from Entitlement Management  can be found here - 

How to check out licenses from Entitlement Management 

The process for importing the resulting file on the client machine can be found here - 

Importing a License via the Bentley License Tool


How to Transfer a Checked Out License from one Machine to Another 

To transfer a non-Select nodelocked license from one machine to another: 

1) Check the license back into Entitlement Management (this releases the license) -   

  1. a) For users able to log into CONNECTION Client, this can be done thru the Bentley License Tool. 

Note that you must be logged into CONNECTION Client as the same user that initially checked out the license. If user is unable to sign in, follow b) below. 

  1. b) For users unable to log into CONNECTION Client, this has to be done by an administrator with access to Entitlement Management 

This is covered under Step 3 of the following WIKI - 

How to check out licenses from Entitlement Management

2) Activate the software as a non-Select user on the new machine following above instructions.


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