Can someone please provide me with some info on what scheduling and powermanagement do behind the screen ?
I have a couple of issues:
I have workstations scheduled to start at 18:00 (6pm)and stop at 7:00 (7am)
Problem here is that we shut down machines using Power Management. So in the morning, people start up their machines, the worker autoloads (configured like this because of powermanagement and the machine starts rendering instantly if there are jobs. Which is undesirable. It shouldn’t start rendering, because it’s not on schedule.
I have powermanagement configured for shutting down idle workstations (or starting them) based on rendering needs.
The problem with this one is that since Covid, we have a lot of staff working from home, using remote desktop. Which doesn’t count against Idle detection. So I have to override that between 7 & 19 with a 720m idle time, which kinda works, but feels weird. and also, when their machine is turned on for rendering on their day of, it doesn’t shut down when there’s no need till 19:00 (7pm) (eventhough it might’ve stopped rendering at 11:00 (11am))
So, how does scheduling work, is it only at the start / stop time that it checks if it needs to be on ? Or does it check with each pulse cycle ? or does it check when worker launches ?
Also, is powermanagement AT ALL aware of scheduling ? Because I have a feeling it isn’t. I would really love it to NOT perform powerdown / powerup if a machine is not scheduled to join the renderforce. That way I could basically by-pass idle detection override during off-scheduled hours.
Before Deadline, we used Renderpal (which had it’s own flaws) But what I really loved was it’s scheduling. I could just configure each rendernode’s and workstation’s schedule using a table where I’d just drag across cells to enable / disable. if it wasn’t scheduled, it wouldn’t render, no matter if the client was running or not.
If Deadline would have that AND have scheduling checked not only on start/stoptime but on workerlaunch and cycles AND have powermanagement be aware of the schedule I could just configure peoples working hours. The worker would only launch OUTSIDE of that schedule and powermanagement would also only run outside of those hours.
Example below is someone’s workstation schedule who’s working Monday’s till 14:00 , and Tuesday till Friday from 8:00* till 17:30 (*stopping the client (worker) an hour early to make sure it’s not still rendering). That was a supernice way to setup scheduling (instead of changing a WHOLE LOT of spinners to set start/stop times for each day for multiple schedules)