General question here.
I’ve been using Render Manager in combination with Scene Manager for a few months now. A few teething issues like everyone else, but enjoy the direction its trying to go. Looking forward to the new version to release soon which will hopefully deal with a lot of its shortcomings for specific management of jobs/nodes etc.
I’m just curious how the guys at Pulze intended this to work in an ideal scenario or any other studio for that matter. In the past, not to name specific farm management software used, I’ve set up the farm with a dedicated manager node. this stored the repository locally and all machines could access that server node. This server node never rendered, as it tended to cause problems with management with the CPU resources being bottlenecked by the rendering. I haven’t been running Pulze this way as I only had one machine and only recently added a second. Pulze has been notoriously flaky when rendering and the manager UI is up on screen.
So I’m preparing for scaling things up and intended to build a separate server node for just management again as I feel that would avoid a fare amount of instability in the management software (im also setting one up anyway to deal with other floating software licensing so its a two birds one stone deal). Is this the way you imagined it being used though or did you always intend for the main repository manager to be a render slave as well? What is the ideal way to set this up. I’m just aware that having a specific manager node will eat up a licence without being used for rendering. Not an issue in and of itself, its just not the way other render management systems have handled licencing with only render nodes themselves using a licence. It also means i don’t have to dedicate a super powerful workstation and can build something a little more mainstream and lighter on the pocket as well as install a server OS to get around the Window pro simultaneous connection limit. Not a problem now with the amount of machines, but will become in the future. I don’t want to have to start from scratch again to set this all up and would prefer to get it right while I’m in the thick of it now.
Look forward to hearing anyone’s thoughts on the matter.