The application version
of the network rendering Manager provides a graphical user interface
for control and monitoring purposes. It runs as a foreground process
on your desktop, and remains active unless specifically shut down.
Its components include a menu bar, list window, and status bar.
Once you initially set
up the Manager using the application version, you can run it as
a service from then on. The service version provides no user interface,
but once it's installed as a service and started, it's always available when
the system is booted. Whichever version you use, you can monitor
and control the rendering queue and system with the
To start the Manager
service, execute the following from a Command Prompt window or the
Start menu Run
Replace "[drive letter]"
with the letter of the drive Backburner is installed on. If you
used a different install path, change the command line accordingly.
Then either reboot the
computer or go to Control Panel Administrative Tools Services and start the service. Thereafter
the service will remain resident and active, even surviving reboots.
When you run the
Manager program, you might see this warning message: “Job share
not defined.” This happens if neither the 3ds Max folder nor
the drive on which it resides is
Normally, the servers copy files to be network rendered from the source
machine using standard Windows file-copy routines, which require
sharing to be in effect. If sharing is not in effect, the manager
issues the warning, and then the servers use TCP/IP to copy the
files. To avoid getting the warning message, you can implement sharing,
but it's not really necessary.
To remove the manager
service from memory, execute the following from a Command Prompt
window or the Start menu Run
TipYou can run multiple
Managers on the same network. This is especially useful when using
many rendering Servers, to lessen the burden on individual Managers.
When using multiple Managers, it is best to turn off Automatic Search
on the rendering servers and specify a Manager to which to connect,
otherwise the rendering servers will connect to the first Manager
The menu bar provides
access to the functions available in the Network Rendering Manager
Closes the window and minimizes
the application to the taskbar tray. The application remains active
when you close it with this menu item or the close box (X) in the upper-right corner.
Quits the application
and removes it from memory.
- General Settings
- Log Settings
- Status Bar
Toggles the display of
the status bar, which appears at the bottom of the Server window.
When on, a check mark appears next to this menu item. Default=on.
- Font Size
Lets you choose the size of
text that appears in the list window. Choices range from Smallest
- Autoscroll List
Toggles automatic scrolling
of the list window. When on, new items that appear in the list window
cause previous contents to scroll up. When off, you must scroll
the window manually to see the latest entries after it fills up. Default=on.
- About Manager
Displays information about
the Manager program, including version and copyright.
This area of the Manager
interface lists different types of information regarding the current
status of the Manager. Depending on the selections made in the
dialog, messages are displayed alerting
the user, for example, to the following:
- Manager General Properties Dialog
The Manager Properties
dialog contains the configuration settings for the Network Manager.
The default settings should work in most cases, but certain situations
may require adjustments. The information specified in the Manager
Properties dialog is written to and contained in backburner.xml (in
the \Network subdirectory). If you
run the Manager and the backburner.xml file does not exist,
you're prompted to configure it with this dialog. When configuration
is complete, click OK to run the Manager.