I have not used Blender in a while, but want to get back on and do some video work, and bring a few other people in to work as a team. I know there is a render farm built into Blender now which I will give a go, but I had a few questions:
Guiless nodes - is it worth setting up a Ubuntu guiless install to use as a render node (how much will that increase render times on Hybrid) and is it even possible (or would CUDA not work if you don’t have a GUI install or something like that)?
Is it possible to set up a renderfarm server for the Blender network renderer that doesn’t actually act as a node? The reason for this is I have a low powered server that always stays on that runs on ProxMox that I could set up a VM or container for a server, but I wouldn’t want to render on it.
Is it possible to have the sever as a web interface? That way I could just set up a login and allow my mates to log in and set up their render jobs etc as well, and I already have a reverse proxy set up that can deal with that.
Is it possible to have the server not on a VPN (I could set up a VPN for it, but would be nice to not have to worry about that and just use https://cycles.domain.com to point to the server)?
I have 2 alienware laptops and one or 2 other machines, my mates have some high spec desktops, one of them even a HP server with a bunch of Xeons and 256GB ram, so it would be nice to be able to use all these resources in a render.