User’s GuideBently Nevada™ Technical Support Portalwww.bntechsupport.com
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 2 of 23Table of ContentsTable of ContentsSection PageOverview 3Registration 4Step 1. Creating your User ID 4Step 2. Activating your registration 9Step 3. Obtaining registration approval 10Logging In 11Key Features 131. Online Case Management 132. Access to Product Manuals and Software/Firmware Downloads 153. Answer Cards 184. Computer-Based Training (CBT) Links 22Summary 23
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 3 of 23OverviewGE’s Bently Nevada™ Asset Condition Monitoring Technical Support Portal is acomprehensive website intended for customers with a Technical Support Agreement(TSA). The portal provides technical information, answers, and resources for yourBently Nevada hardware and software products. To access the site, you mustregister for a GE Single Sign On (SSO) account. Your SSO account will usually beactivated within 24 hours of your registration request. Once you’re a registered user,you’ll have a wealth of Bently Nevada product support resources at your fingertips.For immediate help, you can search our Answer Card library. We have over 1,000Answer Cards for your reference, and more are added daily. If you can’t find youranswer through self-help, you can log a case with our team of experts. Not only doesthis give you a Technical Support Case Number to facilitate the real-time tracking ofyour case, it enables you to start a case history that you can reference at a later date.You can also explore your online service knowledge repository and request copies ofyour site service reports. You can even download computer-based training (CBT)modules for your purchased products.The features that you can access in the TSA portal are based on your specific TSAlevel. There are three levels of TSAs (Silver, Gold, and Platinum), and the level thatpertains to you is a function of the product(s) you have purchased, the elapsed timesince delivery of your product(s), and whether you have renewed your TSA at thecomplimentary Silver level or at a higher level offering more support.Customers at all TSA levels are provided with online case management, viewing ofnew product information, and downloading of product manuals and firmwareupdates. Customers with Gold- or Platinum-level TSAs have access to additionalfeatures such as software upgrades, system deployment repository, factory test datareports, online CBTs, and Technical Support usage reports and audits. Platinum-levelTSA customers have exclusive benefits including field service report histories, remotetroubleshooting of software products (high speed access required), and disasterrecovery assistance in the event of a hard disk crash or other computer failure.Whether you hold a Silver-, Gold-, or Platinum-level TSA, our Technical Support Portalis an extremely powerful resource designed to deliver tailored support capabilitiesand information. Please register today at www.bntechsupport.com to unlock the fullpotential of this valuable resource. It is available to every customer of our BentlyNevada Asset Condition Monitoring products.
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 4 of 23RegistrationTo initiate the registration process, open your web browser and navigate to thefollowing address: www.bntechsupport.com. You will see a text box (Figure 1) askingyou to indicate whether you are a registered user. Click No, and then click Submit.Figure 1 – Registration Query Text BoxA page with the registration form (Figure 2) will then open. Complete all requiredfields, which are marked with red asterisks. When you have finished entering yourcontact information, click Send Registration.
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 5 of 23Figure 2 – Registration Form for Technical Support Portal
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 6 of 23A message (Figure 3) will display to inform you that your request has been received.Figure 3 – Confirmation MessageA Technical Support Specialist will then contact you within 24 hours via email, atwhich point you can continue the registration process. The e-mail (Figure 4) containsthree main steps:1) Creating your user ID2) Activating your registration3) Obtaining registration approvalFigure 4 – E-mail with Registration Completion InstructionsWe’ll now examine each of these steps in detail.
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 7 of 23Step 1: Creating your user ID*The first step is to create your own GE Single Sign On (SSO) User ID. To access the SSOregistration application, open your web browser and navigate to the followingwebsite: https://www.ge-registrar.com/gecentral/register.jsp?ditbranch=200. Enteryour desired User ID and Password, and complete all other required fields (see Figure5). Then, click Submit.* NOTE: If you already have an SSO ID, do not register again; instead, proceeddirectly to Step 2.
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 8 of 23Figure 5 – Registration Form for GE Single Sign On (SSO) AccountAfter clicking Submit, your a message (Figure 6) is generated that confirms you haveregistered for an SSO ID. An email with this information is also sent to the addressyou specified on the SSO registration form.
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 9 of 23Figure 6 – SSO Registration ConfirmationStep 2: Activating your registrationThe next step is to activate your registration. Navigate to the following website:http://supportcentral.ge.com/facilitator/vc.asp?p=2769229&c=R7JCh6Op8P. In theUser ID and Password fields (Figure 7), enter the login information you created in Step1, and then click Log In.Figure 7 – SSO Login PageWhen you log in, a message (Figure 8) will be displayed to confirm that your profilehas been successfully authenticated.
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 10 of 23Figure 8 – Profile Authentication MessageStep 3: Obtaining registration approvalThe third and final step is the approval of your registration. A Technical SupportSpecialist will be notified that you have authenticated your profile; the Specialist willthen activate your account. You will receive a confirmation email (Figure 9) whenyour account is ready for use.Figure 9 – E-mail Notification of Registration CompletionOnce you receive this email, you are ready to log in to the Bently Nevada TechnicalSupport Portal at www.bntechsupport.com.
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 11 of 23Logging InTo use the features of the Bently Nevada Technical Support Portal, you will first needto log in. Navigate to the web portal (www.bntechsupport.com), where you will see atext box (Figure 10) asking you to indicate whether you are a registered user. ClickYes, and then click Submit. To avoid seeing this message on subsequent visits to theweb portal, check Remember this decision before you click Submit.Figure 10 – Registration Query Text BoxOn the SSP login page (Figure 11), enter your User ID and Password, and then clickLog In. The page will retain your User ID (but not your Password) if you checkRemember my SSO User ID before you log in.Figure 11 – SSO Login Page
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 12 of 23After you log in, read the International Trade Regulations Notice (Figure 12) and clickthe appropriate selection. If you click I agree , you will proceed to the TechnicalSupport Portal home page.Figure 12 – International Trace Regulations Notice
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 13 of 23Key FeaturesFigure 13 shows the home page of the Bently Nevada Technical Support Portal as itwould appear to a Platinum-level TSA customer. Let’s take a look at some of thesite’s key features.Figure 13 – TSA Portal Home Page• Key Feature 1: Online case managementThis is one of the site’s most important resources. To create a new case, clickOpen a Support Request. Please note that this link exists in two places on thefront page of the web portal (Figure 14).Figure 14 – Opening a Support Request
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 14 of 23A Support Request Form will display (Figure 15). Enter a brief subject line, andthen describe your question in detail. You have the option of adding up to fourattached documents. To log your case, click Submit.Figure 15 – Support Request FormOnce you have logged one or more cases, you can use the web portal to trackthem. To see who is working on your case or to view its progress, first clickSearch/View My Support Requests on the main page (Figure 16).Figure 16 – Searching / Viewing Support Requests from the Home PageThe web portal then displays a list of your cases. For each entry, the listincludes details such as the Case Number, the person who logged the case,and the Technical Support Specialist who has taken ownership. To view aparticular case, click its Case Number or Case Description (Figure 17).
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 15 of 23Figure 17 – Viewing Case DetailsFigure 18 is identical to Figure 17, but shows the option buttons for viewingdifferent kinds of cases, depending on their status (here, the option for OpenCases has been selected). You can view other categories of cases by clickingthe appropriate option buttons adjacent to the category titles. Your displayoptions include: all cases, new cases, cases that have been marked as closed,and cases that have been archived. There are also two categories of pendingcases, one for cases that a Technical Support Specialist has not yet viewed,and one for cases that are awaiting your action.Figure 18 – Option Buttons for Viewing Cases by Status• Key Feature 2: Access to Product Manuals and Software/FirmwareDownloadsYou can also download current product manuals as well as updates tofirmware and software. To view the manuals that are available for download,click Product Manuals (Figure 19).
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 16 of 23Figure 19 – Accessing Product Manuals from the Home PageThe Product Manual Authorization Page (Figure 20) will open in a new window.Enter your Company Name and TSA Number, and click Submit. You will thensee a list of manuals that you are authorized to download.Figure 20 – Product Manual Authorization Page
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 17 of 23To access updates, click Browse Software Updates (Figure 21) on the mainpage.Figure 21 – Accessing Software Updates from the Home PageThe Software Update Services page (Figure 22) will open in a new window.Identify the desired download and click the corresponding link.Figure 22 – Software Update Services Page
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 18 of 23The Software Download Authorization Page (Figure 23) will open in a newwindow. Enter your Company Name and TSA Number, and click Submit. Youwill then see a list of software that you are authorized to download.Figure 23 – Software Download Authorization Page• Key Feature 3: Answer CardsYou can use Answer Cards to learn quickly how prior cases were resolved. Toaccess the Answer Card Library, click Search/Browse Answer Cards on themain page (Figure 24).Figure 24 – Accessing Answer Cards from the Home Page
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 19 of 23The Answer Card Library page (Figure 25) opens. To explore a specific issue,enter relevant keywords in the search field and then click Search.Figure 25 – Answer Card Library PageThe Answer Card Library displays all results (Figure 26) that match thekeywords you specified in your search. In this case, we have searched on“System 1 Display error” (see search box in Figure 25).
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 20 of 23Figure 26 – Answer Card Library Search Results PageTo view a specific Answer Card, click its title. In this case, we have clicked onthe first search result in Figure 26. The corresponding Answer Card is thendisplayed (Figure 27). Each Answer Card includes a description of the issue,the response from Technical Support, any associated keywords, an indicationof the product line(s) affected by the issue, and attachments that provide moredetailed information.Figure 27 – Answer Card
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 21 of 23You can also conduct a basic Answer Card search from the home page of theweb portal. Located beside this search field is the Advanced Search link(Figure 28), which allows you to search specific categories of Answer Cards.Figure 28 – Home Page Answer Card Search Box with Advance SearchOn the Advanced Search screen (Figure 29), click the desired category, enteryour keywords in the search field, and then execute the search by clicking Go.Figure 29 – Advanced Search Screen
Rev. NC (03/11/09) TSA Portal User’s Guide Page 22 of 23• Key Feature 4: Computer-Based Training (CBT) LinksThe Computer Based Training (CBT) link on the main page allows you to accessself-paced, on-demand training for products you have purchased. To launch aCBT, roll over the Computer Based Training link to reveal the pop-up menu andthen click the title of the desired module, such as Data Acquisition (Figure 30).Figure 30 – Accessing a Specific CBT