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Setting up a render farm
show user profile  Westcoast13
We need a little assistance here! We have 10 render node machines and the intention is the use them as a farm across our network.

My questions are...

1. We need to load Windows 7 + a trial copy of 3ds max 2012 on to each one, right?

2. Is it possible to have a manager here set the priority in anyway so that he can control whose renders get done first? Ideally we need a normal setting and a high priority that pushes to the front of the queue.

3. Does the user (ie 'normal user') sending the render need to be an admin on the render node pcs?


My Turbosquid Area

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7/19/2012 11:32:50 AM (last edit: 7/19/2012 11:32:50 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
1) Yup

2) The manager can set priority easily in the backburner Que monitor interface.

3) Nope




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7/19/2012 11:37:20 AM (last edit: 7/19/2012 11:38:30 AM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Perfect, cheers Nik! :)


My Turbosquid Area

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7/19/2012 11:41:50 AM (last edit: 7/19/2012 11:41:50 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
No worries :)

I should add that, of course, you will need administrative privileges to install max on the PC's, but I'm sure you know this.



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7/19/2012 12:06:52 PM (last edit: 7/19/2012 12:06:52 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Yes cheers. Just compiling a 'To Do' list for our IT manager! :) They don't give us any 'privileges' here Nik!!


My Turbosquid Area

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7/19/2012 12:49:07 PM (last edit: 7/19/2012 12:49:07 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
A few things to add:

Software must all be the same version on each machine.

You cannot send a 64bit job to a 32bit machine. But you can send a 32bit job to a 64bit machine. You can also use 32bit Max on a 64bit machine and send a 32bit job.

Any plugins used must be installed locally on each machine.

Each machine must be able to see the same shared drive.

You can also assign certain slaves to certain jobs.

:)
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7/19/2012 1:00:52 PM (last edit: 7/19/2012 7:21:15 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Thanks for the extra info mate. :)


My Turbosquid Area

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7/19/2012 1:42:46 PM (last edit: 7/19/2012 1:42:46 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Question Nik or Zee...

It's been awhile since i've installed MAX on mutliple machines for this,....I use BB for multi-scene rendering on 1 machine though.
Do you now need to do a full MAX install on each machine?...Why is my aging, foggy memory telling me something about just needing to install the 'render node' or 'render engine' or something like that?.......Although I think I am remembering wrong?
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7/19/2012 6:12:09 PM (last edit: 7/19/2012 6:12:09 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
You need the whole caboodle in my experience, as the render node fires up a copy each time.





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7/19/2012 6:18:51 PM (last edit: 7/19/2012 6:18:51 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
Yep whole caboodle needed.
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7/19/2012 7:21:28 PM (last edit: 7/19/2012 7:21:28 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Yup, but you can do a minimal install.





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7/19/2012 7:25:14 PM (last edit: 7/19/2012 7:25:14 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
1. We need to load Windows 7 + a trial copy of 3ds max 2012 on to each one, right?

you could... windows costs money though, if you have somebody with linux knowhow on staff - fedora runs MR standalone + backburner with some modification

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7/20/2012 2:58:08 AM (last edit: 7/20/2012 2:58:08 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
fedora sucks balls. just uninstalled it. go mint/64 v.14 if you're going linux.

haven't tried MR/bb on it but they're both linux at the end of the day & mint is much slicker. even if you're running on a headless rendernode it still 'just works'.

probably best doing max stuff on win for the time being to avoid headaches.
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7/20/2012 9:14:51 AM (last edit: 7/20/2012 9:22:28 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
But, MR standalone isn't free and doesn't come with Max. How would this then be a saving?





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7/20/2012 9:55:08 AM (last edit: 7/20/2012 9:55:08 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
it seems you are right, i got mine for €42 each but it looks like they have hiked the prices waaay up O.o

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7/20/2012 10:56:17 AM (last edit: 7/20/2012 10:56:17 AM)
 
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