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Change V-Ray Distributed Rendering Servers Without Opening Maya

After manually switching the V-Ray for Maya distributed rendering settings a bunch, I found out that these settings are stored in plain text files that can be changed separately. On OS X, there are two files. The first:

~/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/server_list.tmp

That has the slave addresses (10.0.1.x, for example). I’m not sure where it is stored in Windows or Linux but look in the user level maya folder and it should be there. And the second file sets the slave status (Enabled/Disabled):

~/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/server_status.tmp

All you do is toggle the Disabled/Enabled text for the corresponding IP address:

And you’ve just set the slaves without opening Maya.

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