Apple Shake Qmaster Setup Manual

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Apple Shake Qmaster Software PDF Setup manual

  • Model: Shake Qmaster
  • Brand: Apple
  • Type: Setup manual
  • Category: Software
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  • No. of pages: 14
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Apple Shake Qmaster Software Manual 1 Shake Distributed Rendering Setup Guide This document takes you through the basic steps involved in the creation of two different sample setups for Shake distributed rendering with Shake Qmaster. You can use it to get an idea of the kind of distributed rendering environment you want to create, and as a guide in setting up that environment. The setup that resembles the kind of network you need depends on how much rendering (...)

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Shake Qmaster 2 Shake Qmaster Network Essentials Before you get started, you need to be aware of the following rules for any network that uses Shake Qmaster: m All computers using Shake Qmaster must be running Mac OS X (or, for servers, Mac OS X Server) 10.2.6 or later. m The network must support the Apple Rendezvous technology built in to Mac OS X. m A cluster must contain only one computer acting as the clus (...)

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Apple Shake Qmaster Setup manual 3 Sample Setup for Part-Time Rendering on Desktop Computers In this sample setup, five computers act as both the clients (user workstations from which users submit Shake jobs for distributed rendering) and the cluster computers (which do the rendering). Each computer has an additional volume, such as a FireWire drive, that is used for media before and after it is rendered, and for the associated Shake scripts. The steps th (...)

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Apple Shake Qmaster Manual 4 Step 1: Install Shake and Shake Qmaster The necessary components of Shake and Shake Qmaster need to be installed on each computer. For instructions, refer to the Installing Your Software booklet that came with Shake. Step 2: Make sure each computer has a volume dedicated to media Give each computer a second volume, such as a FireWire drive, that is used for media. Each computer will use this volume for all sou (...)

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Apple Shake Qmaster Manual 5 Step 5: Mount all of the media storage volumes On each computer, log in as the administrator. (The first user account you create when you set up Mac OS X is an administrator account.) Then, on each computer in the group, use the Connect to Server command in the Finder ’ s Go menu to mount each media volume. On each computer, you need to: m Enter another computer’s name in the Connect to Server dialog. m C (...)

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Apple Shake Qmaster Setup manual 6 Specifying Shake Script Locations in Shake Qmaster In the above setup, all the Shake script locations should be specified in Shake Qmaster as: /Volumes/ MediaDiskName/ScriptFilename. For example, /Volumes/Media3/Script.shk. Sample Setup for a Full-Time Render Farm For visual effects companies that require more render power and speed, a full-time render farm setup is the solution. In this setup, the client compu (...)

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Apple Shake Qmaster Software Manual 7 Assumptions for This Setup These setup steps assume the following: m You have read the essentials described in “Shake Qmaster Network Essentials” on page 2. m You have a DHCP server on your network. m For the Xserve, you have a static IP address that can be assigned within your DHCP subnet. m The cluster nodes will get their IP address from DHCP. m You have Apple Remote Desktop. If you need to purcha (...)

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Apple Shake Qmaster Software Manual 8 Step 2: Use Open Directory Assistant to configure directory and password services This step assumes that your Xserve is new and is not hosting any existing directory service. If your Xserve is already hosting, skip this step and enter the information for the currently hosted directory service when prompted in the upcoming steps. Follow the Open Directory Assistant onscreen instructions, making sure to: m Select the (...)

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Shake Qmaster 9 Step 5: Install Shake and Shake Qmaster on the Xserve and on the client computers Install the necessary components of Shake and Shake Qmaster on the Xserve and on the client (user) computers. Keep in mind that the Xserve will act as a service node and a cluster controller, as well as an administrator computer, so it needs the Services Tools and the Admin Tools installed. For more information, refer to the Installing Y (...)

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Apple Shake Qmaster Setup manual 10 Step 7: Use WorkGroup Manager to configure sharing for the media disk First, on the Xserve, open WorkGroup Manager (located in /Applications/Utilities), and use it to configure the media disk as a share point that automounts to all of the client computers and cluster nodes. Share points are volumes that you have made accessible over the network. Automounting means that the volume is automatically mo (...)

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Apple Shake Qmaster Software Manual 11 In Open Directory Assistant, on each node, you need to: m Select the option to use a permanent IP address and subnet. Note: In a later step, using Apple Remote Desktop and System Preferences, you configure each node to use DHCP, but for now you need to select the permanent IP address option. m Select the option to get directory information from an existing system. m Choose to access the directory using NetInfo and to find the (...)

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Shake Qmaster 12 Step 11: Use Apple Remote Desktop to configure Network System Preferences and Directory Access on each node 1 Log in to each cluster node using Apple Remote Desktop on the Xserve. Then, in Network System Preferences, use the TCP/IP pane to configure the node so that the built-in Ethernet port is using DHCP. 2 Log in to each cluster node, then open the Directory Access utility (located in /Applications/ Utilities) and use it (...)

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Shake Qmaster 13 Step 13: Use Shake Qmaster to create a cluster Now you can create a Shake Qmaster cluster that contains the Xserve and the cluster nodes. The three basic steps involved in creating the cluster are outlined below. See the Shake Qmaster User’s Manual for more information about creating clusters. 1 Using Apple Remote Desktop on the Xserve: a Log in to a cluster node. b Open the Shake Qmaster pane in System Preferences, then enable (...)

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Apple Shake Qmaster Setup manual Specifying the Media File Locations in Shake Scripts In the above setup, all the Shake render scripts should specify their source media (File In) locations and output (File Out) destinations as /Network/Servers/XserveName.local/Volumes/MediaDiskName/. For example, /Network/Servers/Xserve.local/Volumes/Media/. Specifying Shake Script Locations in Shake Qmaster In the above setup, all the Shake script locations should be specified in (...)

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