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Windows Server 2012 r2
Where was it ever written that AE supports any server OS, even more so on virtualized systems where you run into layers and layers of permissions and file access problems due to the sandboxing? That aside I'm sure it can be made to run in some fashion, but you are strictly on your own. This is simply an unsupported scenario. Your information is way to sparse for anyone to begin to make sense of it, anyway.
I was able to use the Creative Cloud Packer to create a package, and install it onto the server (finally). This got me past the initial error. Now, no matter where I put the "ae_render_only_node.txt" file, I'm not able to get aerender.exe to get past the "unable to obtain a license" message.
Note: the OS is installed on "d:\" (not c:\)
Here are the locations I've tried to put the file, to no avail:
The blog post here is actually incorrect, as it states "..\My Documents", which is incorrect.
Does anybody know where I should put the ae_render_only_node.txt file so that I can execute aerender.exe without activating the software?
*edit* It might also be important to note that when I activate the software on the server, I'm able to execute aerender.exe and use AE CC 2017 no problem. Once I sign out, it goes back to the "unable to obtain license" error message.
Were you able to solve your issue?
I was, yes! This issue dealt with the fact that I had "hide filename extensions" ON, and my filename was essentially named "ae_render_only_node.txt.txt"