The files necessary
for network rendering are copied to the Backburner root directory
when you install 3ds Max Design. Two of these files, manager.exe and server.exe,
require initialization before they can be run. Set up the Manager
program first, then the Server. When you're finished, you can start
network rendering. After setup, you can run both Manager and Server
as services by installing managersvc.exe and serversvc.exe,
You need to initialize
only one machine as network Manager. This can be any machine on
the network, and can be used on a machine running the Server, 3ds Max Design,
You need to initialize
every machine used as a rendering Server. This is done once to establish
the connection between the rendering Server and the network Manager.
The Manager and Server
programs can be run in application mode as explained in the procedures
that follow, or as Windows 2000 or XP services, in which case they
run in the background and provide less feedback on the progression
of the rendering job. To learn more about installing these programs
as services, see
Initialization is done
only once for each service. Each initialization process creates
or updates the following:
- A subdirectory called \Network under
the Backburner root directory, containing several further subdirectories,
including \Jobs, \Servers, and \ServerJob.
By default, the Backburner directory is called Backburner,
and is found in the \Program Files\Autodesk\ directory.
- A file with initialization parameters
- A log file that keeps track of what the
services do (backburner.log).
To initialize the Manager program:
The Backburner Manager
General Properties dialog also appears the first time you run Manager.
In most cases, you can safely proceed by accepting the default settings
and clicking OK. Thereafter, you can modify the configuration settings
by choosing Edit menu General Settings
to open the General Properties dialog. For the new settings to take effect,
you need to close the manager and restart it.
The settings in the General
Properties dialog are described in depth in
Manager General Properties Dialog.
To initialize the Server program:
- Run the Network
Rendering Server program from the Start menu Programs Autodesk Backburner menu.
The first time you run Server, its General Properties
- By default, the Subnet Mask field is
set to 255.255.255.0 with the Automatic Search option turned on.
In most cases, you should leave this option on. Backburner detects
the machine acting as the manager.
At this point, do not make any other changes
in the Backburner Server General Properties dialog. Settings in
the this dialog are described in detail in
General Properties Dialog.
- Click OK on the Backburner Server General
Properties dialog to save the current configuration.
- The Server starts, and attempts to connect
to a Manager automatically. If no Manager is found on the network,
the Server times out and reports that the Manager is not responding.
- If the Server eventually fails to connect
to the Manager:
This completes Server