General

Installation

Installing the V-Ray RT license server

Securing the V-Ray RT license server

Configuring the V-Ray RT renderer

On a workstation

On render slaves for distributed rendering

Using the V-Ray RT license server

User interface

Web access

Upgrading a dongle

General

V-Ray RT uses the same licensing mechanism as the standard V-Ray renderer. The V-Ray RT licenses can be stored on the same hardware lock (dongle) as the licenses for the standard V-Ray renderer (see the Upgrading a dongle section for more information). However the licenses are different - V-Ray RT will not recognize or use the licenses for the standard V-Ray and vice versa.

 

The installation of V-Ray RT updates the orignal V-Ray license server to a version that can suppport both the standard V-Ray renderer, as well as V-Ray RT. This is required since the original license server for V-Ray for 3ds Max doesn't support V-Ray RT.

Installation

For more detailed installation and troubleshooting instructions, please see the Installation section or check the installation PDF guide.

Installing the V-Ray RT license server

The V-Ray RT license server is installed as part of the Workstation and License server installation types. It is installed in the same location as the original V-Ray license server and overwrites the original file (if you uninstall V-Ray RT, the original license server will also be restored). The V-Ray RT license server has the same settings and configuration files as the original one.

 

Note that you must install the V-Ray RT license server on the same machine that has your standard V-Ray license server and dongle. It is not possible to specify different machines for the RT and standard V-Ray licenses.

Securing the V-Ray RT license server

Please keep in mind that it is up to you and/or your system administrator to keep the machine running the V-Ray RT license server secure from unauthorized access and usage of your V-Ray RT licenses, especially if the V-Ray RT license server is running on a machine that can be accessed from the Internet.

Configuring the V-Ray RT renderer

Before using V-Ray RT, you must configure it so that it can find and connect to the V-Ray license server.

Configuring the V-Ray RT renderer on a workstation

If you have already configured the standard V-Ray for 3ds Max on the same machine, you don't have to do anything else.

 

If haven't configured anything yet, please refer to the Configuring the V-Ray renderer on a workstation section of the V-Ray for 3ds Max manual.

Configuring the V-Ray RT renderer on render slaves

If you have already configured the standard V-Ray for 3ds Max on the render slave, you don't have to do anything else.

 

If you have not configured anything yet, or if the render slave does not have V-Ray for 3ds Max installed, you must tell V-Ray RT where to look for the V-Ray license server. For this purpose, you can use a small external program which is accessible from Start menu > Programs > Chaos Group > V-Ray RT for 3dsmax > Licensing > Administration > Change client license settings.

Using the V-Ray RT license server

The updated V-Ray license server is very similar to the original one installed with the standard V-Ray.

User interface

When the V-Ray license server starts, it appears as an icon in the tray area of the Windows taskbar. Double-click that icon to bring up a window that allows you to close the V-Ray RT license server (simply close the window if you do not wish to terminate the license server):

 

V-Ray RT license server icon in the Windows taskbar Clicking the icon opens a window to terminate the license server

Web access

Additionally, you can monitor the work of the V-Ray license server (number of available licenses, currently connected machines etc) via a Web-based interface. For this purpose, you access the V-Ray license server via the HTTP protocol on the port that you have specified for it (the default is 30304). For example, if you are running the V-Ray license server on your local machine, open your web browser and in the Address field enter http://localhost:30304

 

 

Clicking on the link opens a page with the V-Ray license server information:

 

 

The status page lists all products for which a license is found on the dongle(s) attached to the machine.

Upgrading a dongle

Should you ever consider adding more licenses to your dongle(s), a link on the bottom of the V-Ray license server web page (not shown in the above image) will take you to a web-based license upgrade wizard. For more details, consult the installation PDF guide.