BK Renderfarm Security Updates

Due to needed security updates the render farm will put new jobs on hold until the updates on all instances have been performed. Instances running current jobs will continue until they are finished and updates on those instances will be performed after the jobs have finished. It is possible that newly submitted jobs have to be submitted again after the security update.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Update 15/1/2018: The updates have been successfully applied on all instances.

Update: MacOS High Sierra security bug allows full access

Update: Apple has released a fix. All High Sierra users can download the Security Update 2017-001 via the App Store. More information at https://support.apple.com/nl-nl/HT208315

This bug allows you to change settings in your Mac without entering any password for administrator account root. Only users with High Sierra (10.13.1 and 10.13.2 beta) are vulnerable.

You can fix this by creating a password for account root. Follow these steps from Apple to fix the problem or use our manual. Steps from Apple also available in Dutch.

After you have applied the fix, do NOT turn off your root account until there is a fix from Apple. Turning it off will make the bug return and you will be vulnerable again.

TOI Maya Toolbox for Maya 2016 Extension 2

A small update has been made in the TOI Maya Toolbox for Mac users. It seems that the latest update/extension of Autodesk Maya 2016 is slightly different. TOI Maya Toolbox version 6.7.0 does not create the TOI shelf in Maya 2016 Extension 2.

TOI Maya Toolbox 6.7.1 for Mac

We did not get any reports from Windows users having the same issue with the TOI Maya Toolbox as Mac users. Windows users can still download the Windows version (6.7.0) from TOI or Design Informatics.


@Hok Maya Renderfarm connector

Test our adaptation of the BK Renderfarm connector from the TOI Maya Toolbox. In this test version it is possible to render your scene with Arnold and RenderMan using the renderfarm with Maya 2017.

Mental Ray is still available in our test version, but for the time being the renderfarm will use Maya 2016 to render your scene. Errors may occur when a scene contains elements unique to Maya 2017.

It is required that you have installed the render engines on your computer. Arnold comes with Maya 2017. You can download RenderMan from Pixar and Mental Ray from NVIDIA.


Known issues/bugs:

  • Bottom part of text missing in installer for Windows.
  • Renderfarm icon sometimes not visible in @Hok shelf.
    • Switch between shelves to make the icon appear.
    • Delete userPrefs.mel (location in Windows: C:\Users\<user name>\Documents\maya\2017\prefs, in macOS: /Users/<user name>/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/2017/prefs)
  • Renders from Arnold (may) contain a watermark.

If you find issues, please report issues by email. Or leave a message via Facebook or Twitter.