# How to set up a render farm [closed]

I got my hands on three identical PC towers, I would like to hook them up into a render farm, but I would like some advice on what opperating system I should use. I know that I need one of them to be a master, when I looked up linux I found that they had a linux server, is that the sort of thing I'd want for the master?

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– user1853
May 11 '15 at 21:26
• – gandalf3
May 11 '15 at 21:33
• – user1853
May 11 '15 at 23:02
• This seems like more of a general question to me, a canonical answer would be nice tho. May 12 '15 at 5:59

## 1 Answer

To setup a render farm you need multiple computers that can talk to each other over a network. Then you setup one as a master and the others as slaves that will get their workload from the master.

Blender includes a network render addon that just needs to be enabled in preferences then configured on each machine.

Flamenco is the new network render project being worked on.

For a small farm you can also manually start blender on each machine, giving each a different range of frames to render. With *nix machines this can be done through an ssh connection with blender -b myscene.blend -s 1 -e 10 -a, this can be expanded to a script that can automate sending the command to each machine for you.

• thank you, this info will help me later on, but what I need to know now is what is the best operating system to use. I've heard a lot of people use linux, but I have never used linux before, so I don't know anything about it. May 14 '15 at 7:45
• The best system to use is the one you are comfortable using, or can easily find help in learning. Also the cost of windows can make *nix more desirable. A *nix machine is usually easier to run remotely using a cli, while with windows you can use vnc or rdc to control the machine remotely. May 15 '15 at 11:56
• Thank you again, I think I'll try Linux, I have enough copies of Windows to fall back on. You have been very helpful. May 20 '15 at 20:40
• @sambler I would like to have a look at Flamenco but when I read the Readme at github.com/armadillica/flamenco I don't understand how to install this software. Do you have any experience with Flamenco ? Sep 26 '16 at 8:43
• We've considerably improved the documentation in the past weeks, it's worth checking out flamenco.io again. Jun 27 '17 at 15:57