8 FAQS

8.1 Configuration

  1. How do I move my MASTER node from node A to node B ?

    If you want to completely re-configure all nodes, convert all client and slave nodes to PEERS first then convert the master to a PEER. Once all nodes are PEERS, you can then commence to re-configure the new master, client and slave nodes (in that order).

  2. How do I setup a network share on Microsoft Windows ?

    Windows provides 2 methods for accessing network shares:

    • Mapped Drives: Mapped drives are paths that are assigned a specific driver letter and to the user appear as regular hard drives (D:\, E:\, etc…)
    • UNC Paths: UNC paths are absolute paths to network shared folders and look like this: \\raid-server00\volume_1\SquidNet (for example). Mapped drives can optionally point to UNC paths.

    Using either is basically a matter of preference. However, UNC paths are easier to use because their destination paths are more easily distinguishable whereas with mapped-drives, their actual location is hidden behind the drive letter.

    Note

    When using mapped-drives, SquidNet will always mirror the submitting workstation’s mapped-drives on the rendering nodes. For example: If a submitting workstation has drive “X:\” mapped to “\\NASBOX\Projects”, each rendering node will recreate the same mapping before the rendering process begins. This ensures that any internal scene references to mapped drives will still be valid. Also, mapped drives are session-based — meaning that they’re only mapped (active) while the rendering process is running. As soon as the rendering session is closed, the mapped drives are “unmapped”. SquidNet never mounts (or unmounts) mapped drives on local user sessions.

    To create a mapped drive “Z:\” that points to network folder “\\raid-server00\volume_1\SquidNet” use the following command in a DOS shell (alternatively, use the Mapped Drive feature on Windows’ File Explorer):

    net use z:\ \\raid-server00\volume_1\SquidNet
    
  3. How do I setup a network share on Apple Mac OS ?

    To mount a network shared folder, open a terminal and execute the following commands:

    sudo mkdir /Volumes/SquidNet
    sudo mount -t smbfs //raid-server00/Volume_1/SquidNet /Volumes/SquidNet
    

    The above command assumes that the network folder is \raid-server00volume_1SquidNet (from a Window’s perspective)

  4. How do I setup a network share on Linux ?

    To mount a network shared folder, login as root and execute the following command:

    Fedora:
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    sudo mount -t cifs -o username=<username>,password=<password>,_netdev,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777 //raid-server00/volume_1/SquidNet /mnt/SquidNet/
    
    Ubuntu:
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    sudo apt-get install cifs-utils
    sudo mount -t cifs -o username=<username>,password=<password>,_netdev,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777 //raid-server00/volume_1/SquidNet /mnt/SquidNet/
    
    or
    
    sudo mount -t cifs -o guest //raid-server00/volume_1/SquidNet /mnt/SquidNet/
    

    The above command assumes that the network folder is \\raid-server00\volume_1\SquidNet (as seen from a Window’s host)

    To make sure that the mount point persists between reboots, edit the /etc/fstab file to include:

    //raid-server00/volume_1/SquidNet /mnt/SquidNet/  cifs   username=<username>,password=<password>,_netdev,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777   0 0
    

8.2 Job Submission

  1. Why am I getting “Master is not currently in a state to accept job requests” ?

    This can happen in the following situations:

    1. The master node has multiple network interfaces enabed. Master state reads “Multiple IP Detected”. To resolve, right-click on master node, select “Configuration->Network Interface Select…” then select primary network interface.
    2. The master node is locked. To unlock, right-click on master node, select “Configuration->Availability->Unlock”