So I’m fairly new here, but I’ve emailed AWS support before, but I feel like this is a better place to ask this question and easier to keep track of.
We have a Render PC on a server rack, we’re running Deadline with Nuke as a render software, there are times when we need to send a render off onto this Render PC from another machine via Deadline so it can render it quickly for us so we don’t locally render on our under-powered machines.
Locally rendering on the Render PC works fine when we launch Nuke and render VFX work, but anytime a PC on our worker network contacts deadline there’s a 60% chance it’ll open up multiple versions of Deadline and the max of our 2 Nuke licenses. We only own 2 of these Nuke licenses so it takes up 100% of our workflow when the program we normally use to edit VFX work in is being used up by Deadline for 1 render. Recently we don’t even need to have a PC send a render to the Render PC to have it pull up multiple instances, it’ll just do it on its own when logging in for the day.
The multiple instances also slow down the PC because it triggers to render all of them at once, slowing down the whole machine. So the multiple instances are acting like 1 Deadline instance and when one renders they all queue up and render. The logs only show 1 job being queued up, so there’s not a lot of “multiple job” in the logs. (There’s also the licensing of plugins that our Deadline has been having issues with, but we don’t know if that is something on one of our own license servers so that’s unrelated).
We’ve apparently had this issue before, (before I was hired) and the previous IT reinstalled Windows and updated the repository, that seemed to fix it for a little while but it went back into this same state as described above. We’ve also had a remote desktop view of the Render PC open and was watched to see if it would open a second instance and it never did, (a watched pot never boils).
So we were wondering if anybody here had any suggestions as to what we can try to fix this, I did take a look at the other posts here that are similar in title to what we have, but ultimately I cannot find a similar enough option in my own Deadline software, and going through the .ini files for Monitor.ini, Launcher.ini, Deadline.ini and didn’t find similar settings. We do have super user access but I am not skilled enough to dive into those options without potentially screwing something up.
I can provide logs or screenshots if need be, we’ve been out of our server rendering like normal for almost a year at this point, trying to figure out the multiple instances, and the licensing stuff. So any sort of help would be appreciated.