network rendering animation in 3d studio max?

I have five pcs at my disposal. All running win98.In simple terms how do i network render an animation. I would be very grateful if could outline the steps since i am newbie
in networking. thanx ..
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subhroAuthor Commented:
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weedCommented:
There are only a few rendering programs that will LET you network render. One of them is Lightwave. What program are you using? I could give you instructions for Lightwave but my manuals are for the mac version which probably wont help you much. Your manuals for whatever program youre using should either detail the process or tell you it cant be done.
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subhroAuthor Commented:
i am using 3d studio max  for rendering..
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weedCommented:
My sources tell me that 3dsMax does network render but since i dont have the manuals for it i cant help you. But..since you DO own the program (you DID actually BUY it right?) you have the manuals which will tell you exactly how to set it up.
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techpageCommented:
read the manual !! if you don't know how to set up the network or don't know how to network render, even after reading those manuals... please email me at copet@mailcity.com than i'll explain it to you !!!
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weedCommented:
Theres a common acronym on the net....RTFM....Read The _______ Manual....You can probably fill in the blank. The manual will solve all your problems without wasting valuable points on us..hehe.
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subhroAuthor Commented:
Hi,
Well, I RTFM and some other books...and, I get the basic idea, i think. I'm still confused though. Here's how I understand it:
 
1) I install 3d studio MAX on all the machines.
2) On my main machine, I configure and run manger.exe.
3) On the other machines, I configure and run server.exe.
 
This is the part I don't get..
 
4) Load the scene, go to the render menu, and check the network render box and render.
 
the thing is, on which machine do I load the .MAX file and network render from? The manager machine or on any of the server machines? Other points are fine like "Including maps..", "Output files" and "Archiving". Thanks.
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weedCommented:
On the main machine you load the scene, and check the network render box. It will then send parts of the scene over the network to the other machines. It sounds like youve pretty much got it except for that last part. Imagine if you were on a 300 comp network and wanted to network render on all of them. 3DSMax isnt silly enough to make you make 300 copies of your.max file. send it to ALL the machines and then choose render on each one...hehe..yeow...no you just need to configure the server.exe on each machine and choose render on the main machine.
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subhroAuthor Commented:
thanx a lot guys .. i just finished my animation...
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