My name is Anatoly and I've recently set up a rendering farm connected to an I-Mac as a file-server.
The Problem: Not all nodes come to work together on a project, some arbitrarily choosing to render the assets while others just watching the watch folder idly.
The Computer Setup: There are six headless nodes (all Mac-Minis). The hardware and OS specifications are below.
I-MAC File Server:
The Software Setup:
Each MAC-MINI node has a copy of After Effect CC Render Engine (version 188.8.131.524) running at startup and set to run in Watch Folder mode.
On the machine that is used to manipulate assets for rendering the following procedure is used:
From there-onwards, presumably, the Render Farm is now supposed to render out my project, but not all nodes of my 6-node farm work together. More often than not, a single (or two) node(s) render the projects while the others wait idly, watching the Watch Folder.
Can anyone please advise me of why this happens, and perhaps what step I’m missing if any to get all my nodes to render until the project is done?