Part 2: Add 3D applications (spawners) to monitor and control

How applications are handled inside RNM

For RNM to be able to monitor the statuses of your 3D render spawners on your machines, you need to tell RNM which apps you want to use on which machine. Simply detecting if the spawner is running on the machine and starting / stopping them works with any application. These are called “Custom Applications”.

RNM provides additional information, like whether a spawner is rendering or ran into an issue for the so called “Supported Applications”:

Currently we only support auto detecting the 3D Studio Max and V-Ray combinations with these versions:

  • 3D Studio Max 2015-2019
  • V-Ray 3.30.04-3.60.04

We are going to add support for Corona, Backburner, V-Ray RT, and other common 3D designer apps, and renderers soon.

Action Steps: Adding an application

1. Select a machine and an application you will monitor on it

Go to the settings page and open “Machines and Applications”. After that open the accordion of the machine you want to start monitoring an application on. In the expanding field, press the “Add new application” button

2. Configure the application

A “New Application” appeared, to continue please click on it to see the options detailed below.

SELECT APPLICATION

Open the “Select Application” dropdown and select the 3D application / spawner you want to add. If you are looking for V-Ray, and it is not in the list, please wait 1 more minute, auto detection can take some time on some machines.

If you want to add any other applications, select “Custom”.

APPLICATION NAME

Set the “Application Name” to something descriptive, this is how it will appear on the dashboard. Applications are grouped into columns based on this, so please make them the same on the same applications you add on different machines.

EXE PATH

This is where the main executable of the application is located. RNM will start this when you start the application from the dashboard. If you’ve selected a supported application earlier, it will be auto-filled for you.

WINDOWS USER (OPTIONAL)

Normally you should not deal with this option. If you leave this field empty RNM starts the applications in the name of the Windows user RNM has been installed by. If you must run the application in the name of a different user, you can specify it here.

RUN AS SERVICE (COMING SOON)

If you are running your application as a service, switch this option on. Making this feature available is a top priority for us.

COMMAND LINE PARAMETERS (OPTIONAL)

If you want to run an application with command line parameters (eg.: -PORT: 9900) you can specify it here. This works the same way if you were entering this in the shortcut of the application after the path of the executable.

STOPPING THE MONITORING OF AN APPLICATION

If you want to remove an application from the dashboard permanently you can press the “Delete” button here, and RNM will stop monitoring it. Don’t worry, we will not uninstall the renderer on the machine if you remove it from the dashboard.

3. Make sure to press the save button on the top of the page

4. Enable the application in the group of the machine by the help of the next tutorial step

You can enable / disable which applications show up as columns in which groups.

Continue to the next part of the tutorial

Part 3: Group machines by function >>