QUOTE(Far Star Productions @ Dec 8 2006, 08:21 PM)
What operating system does the PC have which stores the Netrender Project?
server 2003 enterprise edition
All are on the server. There are two drives on the server One drive has models and projects the other is were the Rendered frames are saved out to.
Do you have a Domain Server network or a Workgroup network?
How many RenderSlaves do you have?
15 put can not run them all I run into issues after 11 are rendering i get banned slaves do to not able to save to path error. I Looked into it and looks like I am needing to purchase something for server so it will allow more. I am rendering with 10 at this time.
I may be able to overcome your Slave limit problem.
First some background.
There are two different but similar problems on a Workgroup network.
The first I am sure you are aware of - A Windows PC in a workgroup will only allow connection to network resources to ten other PCs - it will refuse any further attempt at connections.
So if you have 15 pc's in a pool and you enable the project, then 15 slaves try and connect to the server. 4 cannot get a connection and RenderServer quickly bans them from the network.
If you changed to Windows Domain network using your server, this particular problem would be solved, but then you would hit the second problem - All Windows PC's (including servers) only allow a maximum of 10 TCP/IP connections at a time. Yes, the PC's will accept more then 10 connections but the excess are queued - at any instant there are only 10 active connections.
Again in the pool start-up scenario, some slaves might find themselves queued long enough for a timeout to occur resulting in a banned PC again. You can get a unofficial patch to overcome this limit, but don't. It is a bad solution, and Microsoft removes the patch with Windows updates anyway.
The solution is to use a Linux/FreeBSD machine acting as a Workgroup share to hold both the A:M project files and also act as the render destination. Both limit problems are solved completely.
Now the good thing is that you can do this in a very robust way without needing to spend a cent.
Since you have a server, go to the VMWare site and download the free VMWare server for Windows (it will only run on a windows server - not on XP pro, Win2000, etc). From the same site, also download a free appliance called "FreeNAS" which is a full NAS Network/Workgroup drive system which you could run on a seperate PC but in this case, it will run as a virtual PC on your server.
I have probably said enough for now, but I can give you more details if you like. It is all surprisingly easy.
Just to finish, this solution will give you a new networked PC (a virtual one) on your network that will be totally happy working with your other Workgrouped PC's with the difference that it will accept any number of connections without blinking. FreeNAS uses FreeBSD - a free Unix descendant that is much loved by the hardcore networking experts - and it will happily allow a massive number of concurrent TCP/IP connections without queueing.
Just copy the rendering project files to the FreeNAS PC on the network, set the rendering output address to the same FreeNAs PC, and you now should be able to run any number of render slaves. (Up to the Netrender Limit - is it 50 for the standard Dongle?).