Render Farm Build 27

DISCLAIMER: This is a continuing series detailing the painful story of a DIY render farm build.  It is terribly technics and
somewhat frustrating.  Those who are unprepared for such “entertainment” are advised to ignore these posts.

To make the computers talk to each other, I needed to set up the rendering apps, set the environment variables for when the slave machine is reinstalled on the network, and – of course, test it. Everything seemed okay at the moment, but that might change once I put this machine back into the regular environment.

What did I need to install?

  1. Luxrender
  2. After Effects CC 2014
  3. Cinema 4D R15 – team renderer only?
  4. Nuke? – Maybe not yet.  I’m a bit scared of Nuke.  Never cottoned to this “nodal” idea.
  5. Houdini/Mantra? v14  Also nodal, but maybe worthwhile.

At the time I set all four to autolaunch on boot – I thought that was necessary.  Later I realized that a job script from Dr. Queue would launch the command line version of any software I needed, so this was unnecessary.

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