Luckily yesturday I upraded to a 1tb Firewire 800 external drive. Much improved.
I checked out the Kenstone article- very helpful. He is using different settings than I am. When I finish my current batch I'll list mine versus his.
If I change my qmaster settings will I have to create a totally new quickcluster in qadministrator??
Does anybody know what effect checking the "Managed" boxes has on anything?
I would recommend reading the Qmaster documentation. Not trying to be a jerk, network rendering is inherently complex, and reading the docs will be super helpful if you haven't had any experience setting up a network distribution system before.
Managed resources have to be manually added to a cluster. I believe quickclusters are setup by default to use only unmanaged resources. By default, when you enabled qmaster on a work machine(the farm machine) via the system prefs, setting the machine to be "Services only" or "Services and cluster controller" , the resources (read: "processors") are unmanaged by default.
Heres the difference, an unmanaged resource (processor) is available to any and all clusters on the same subnet (the local network those machines are on). A managed resource will only be available to a cluster when they are manually added to that specific cluster via the Qadministrator GUI. By setting resources to "managed", they won't automatically be used by a cluster. By leaving them unmanaged, they are automatically available to any cluster that can see them.