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Taming Bentley SELECT Licensing to Reduce Costs with Sassafras K2

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Bentley SELECT software licensing can be closely managed by Sassafras K2 to avoid excess usage charges in Bentley’s quarterly billing statements. A K2 policy configured to track and manage licensing based on Bentley’s concept of hourly usage “buckets” will prevent your organization from accidentally using more Bentley SELECT licenses than you own. Customers using K2 […]

64-bit considerations with K2

We are often asked “I have a 64-bit Windows computer. Should I install 32-bit or 64-bit components?” Our recommendation is generally to install 64-bit components on a 64-bit OS. For the KeyServer component in particular though, there are a few cases that require the use of 32-bit components on a 64-bit OS. We’ll also describe […]

New Adobe & Microsoft Product Definitions

We have recently added several new product definitions to PRS. As usual, they will automatically be added to your Products window whenever your KeyServer has discovered a similar footprint on your site. Definitions for Adobe Captivate 8, Creative Cloud 2014 as well as various specific editions of Microsoft Visual Studio are included. Captivate 8 Captivate […]

Integrating Active Directory with K2

K2 has supported integration with Active Directory authentication for many years. Since AD and K2 deal with computers and users, it is natural to leverage existing configuration, avoid duplicated efforts, and ensure consistency across multiple enterprise environments. Here are some of the ways that AD Configuration can be used to control Software Asset Management processes. […]

Enforcing Bentley SELECT licensing with K2 7.2

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Update (2015-01-25) In K2 version 7.2.0.7, we have added additional functionality to better manage some intricacies of how Bentley measures SELECT licensing. For full details, read the technote Managing Bentley SELECT Licensing. Bentley SELECT licensing is somewhat of an unusual license type. Under SELECT licensing, the usage of the license is measured by counting the total number of […]

New Product definitions including SQL Server Editions

We have recently added various new product definitions to PRS. As usual, they will automatically be added to your Products window whenever your KeyServer has discovered a similar footprint on your site. New definitions include Microsoft SQL Server 2014, as well as definitions for the following specific editions of SQL Server: Enterprise, Standard, Express, Express […]

Manually Creating Accurate Product Definitions

K2 includes a Product Recognition Service (PRS) which automatically analyzes the software discovered on computers within your organization and provides relevant product details for use in license management, software optimization, and cost reduction. While the PRS recognition database is constantly evolving to keep up with new product releases and uncommon discoveries, you are never forced […]

Clutter: when to delete, when to hide

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The KeyConfigure user interface supports deletion of any of the main objects, but you should think twice before deleting. Often the motivation for deleting objects is to “clean up” the data. However, there are better ways to clean up than simply deleting data. Deleted objects can no longer be displayed in reports and this can obscure […]