Been lurking til now but I thought I’d post my experiences of this…
Firewall settings are critical if using with Windows Firewall - create Inbound and Outbound exception rules for Blender.exe, that or turn the Firewall off.
You have to have at least one slave, Won’t work with just a master and a client (I wrongly assumed the master would work as a slave too). Finally got it working with master and client on one machine and slave on another.
Even with this setup I can only get it to work with a brand new 2.5 .blend file. I took the starting cube, animated it a bit and managed to get that to network render but NONE of my old 2.49 files will network render. The console complains that various image files are missing but these are files I’ve never even heard of. I think they’re related to texture libraries I’ve used in the past but any scenes relating to this have long since been deleted in the files and they all render locally without issue.
Very important to save your file just before a render as it’s the saved file which gets passed over the network, not what you have open and in memory. You get the “<memory2>” error when the file hasn’t ever been saved.
I find the experience on the client difficult to follow. The wiki guide says “Render the Animation (Ctrl-F12) to gather the finished frames. Finished frames with “appear” automatically while it will pause on ongoing frames.” well for me the frames take about 10 seconds each to gather (according to the console on the client). Also, as there’s no “PLAY” button on 2.5 (WHY???), the only way I’ve found to test an animation is by running the resulting Quicktime file outside of Blender - hardly convenient but I suspect I’m just missing a trick here.??
I’ve yet to get a single frame network render to work. I click on “Send Job” but nothing ever comes back to view from the “Image” render button. Clicking on this even after I know the job should have rendered just produces a blank render window with “Network Render waiting for results” at the top.
Clicking on “Open Master Monitor” on the client just starts up Internet Explorer with my home page. Interesting but not was I was hoping for…
So all in all a fairly negative experience to date. :no: