After creating an animation at work that took an age to render on my own work PC I was wondering if i could use some of the old machines as a render farm?
Firstly they are all windows machines but im unsure if they run 32 or 64bit systems would this make a difference? The version of windows is also different on all the old pcs ranging from xp,vista and windows 7. My client/master machine will be running the windows 7 64bit while the rest are vista or xp.
If it is possible to hook these 4 various pcs up as slaves via a ethernet hub and router to my master pc would this be the best way to go about it? The company has a main server in the building that my computer runs from, my thoughts are the farm would feed to my pc only and the master would link to the main server.
The master machine is a dell precision T3500 with 2.67GHz intel xeon and 4GB RAM
the others are
Dell optiplex 760 running vista
Dell optiplex 755 running vista
Dell dimension 9200 running xp
Dell vostro 400 running xp
Unsure of the stats on them.
Sorry if this makes no sense i’m not an IT wizard i would just like to speed up the cpu rendering with what we have available if possible.