Hello everyone !
I have been searching for quite a long time a way to correctly setup a personnal Render Farm (meaning only using my personnal machines, laptop or tower computers). I just couldn’t make it work properly and I thought that having a clear guide here of how to do it would be a good idea !
Let’s say we want to set up a rendering pipeline between Create, Farm Queue and Farm Agent.
After having installed the 3 softwares on all the machines planned to constitute the Render Farm, first question :
Is it necessary to have a dedicated Nvidia account per machine? Or is it possible to use the same account on all the machines that will be used for the Render Farm ?
Second question: Do you absolutely have to use Nucleus to be able to render in Render Farm ? Or is it possible, for example, to work on the Create project on the laptop, to queue it in Farm Queue (managed by the laptop) and to define that the images resulting from the rendering will be stored on the laptop’s hard drive ?
If it is possible to proceed in this way, what must be done, under a Windows system (10 or 11) so that the different machines can access, on the one hand, to the different jobs to be carried out and, on the other hand, to the rendering destination’s folders ?
Third question : I noticed that if the firewall doesn’t have any specific rules, it totally prevents the Render Farm system from working, what are the rules to apply to make the system fully work ? What processes should be allowed ? Which ports should be forwarded ? Etc…
Forth Question : Are there any specific environment variables to create for a local Render Farm such as this one to work ?
I don’t have any other ideas for questions in mind for the moment, but I wanted to open the questions as widely as possible in order to cover as many themes as possible, that’s why some questions may seem a little "stupid ".
Not having found all these answers on the Internet (and having, in fact, not been able to make the Render Farm work), I thought that having as much advices as possible in this topic could help as many people as possible !
Feel free to add even more advices to help build a personal Render Farm in this thread, I probably haven’t covered everything, and you probably have some tips to share with other creators !
Thank you in advance to all of you for your contribution.