Houdini 18.0 HQueue

Network Folders

How to use the Network Folder management page.

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Overview

Network folders (or shared folders) are shared filesystems that can be accessed by the servers and clients. Using the Network Folders page, you are able to register as many network folders as you want with HQueue. However, there must always be at least one saved network folder at all times.

Assuming you have mounted your network share properly, you can create a reference to it in the Network Folders page under a variable of your choice. The variable can then be used in Houdini when submitting render/simulation jobs.

Note

The first time you start your server, there will be one network folder already loaded when you open the Network Folders page under the name HQROOT. This network folder is created using the keys in hqserver.ini. You may freely modify this variable, but deleting it is not recommended.

How to

In a web browser, connect to the HQueue server (http://hostname:5000/). Hover over the menu icon, then click Network Folders.

The Network Folders page shows a list of all network folders registered with the server.

To...Do this

Add a Network Folder

  1. On the Network Folders page, click Add.

  2. Fill in the newly added form with the required data

    • macOS/Linux: Name, Host and on macOS/on Linux depending on the platform

    • Windows: Name, Host, on Windows and Map to

  3. Press Save.

Delete a Network Folder

  1. On the Network Folders page, click Delete on the Network Folder you would like removed.

Modify a Network Folder

  1. On the Network Folders page, change the field value you would like to change in the Network Folder to modify.

  2. Press Save.

HQueue

Getting started

  • About HQueue

    HQueue is a general-purpose job management system. You can use it to distribute renders, simulations, and other work to remote clients.

  • Installation

    How to set up a basic HQueue farm.

  • Configuration

    How to set configuration options for the HQueue server and clients.

  • How to submit jobs

    How to put work on the farm.

Managing the farm

  • Managing clients

    How to use the web interface or local logins to add, remove, restart, and manage client machines.

  • Managing jobs

    How to view and manage jobs on the farm.

  • Managing client groups

    How to use the web interface or local logins to create and manage groups of client machines.

  • Notes

    Each client and job can have informational notes attached.

  • Resources

    You can specify what resources (such as licenses) are available on each client, so jobs can be scheduled on clients where they can run.

  • Network Folders

    How to use the Network Folder management page.

Next steps

  • Logging

    Hqueue stores separate logs for errors and scheduling events, and each client also generates a log.

  • Uninstalling

    How to uninstall the HQueue server or client software.

  • FAQs

    Answers to frequently asked questions.

Guru level

  • Remote API

    You can connect to the HQueue server over the network and call functions to manipulate and query jobs and other information.

  • Jobs specification details

    More detail on the internals of a job specification for users who want to submit custom jobs.

  • Switching to MySQL (Linux only)

    You can optionally configure HQueue to use MySQL instead of SQLite on Linux.