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State of the art - Windows artist environments
posted by Michael Stein  on Feb. 21, 2018, 4:35 p.m. (5 months, 25 days ago)
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Ive searched the archives and Slack and came up empty. 
Whats the current SSA state of the art for managing Artist environments under Windows? Im specific referring to controlling versions of software (both third-party and in-house) on a per project basis, e.g. setting your project, then starting an app, and getting the right version. 
Related to this question - how are people storing software? On central server mounted  as a drive or network share, or all local?
I have these problems and figure that this wheel has been invented. 

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Response from Julian Firminger @ Feb. 22, 2018, 2:25 a.m.
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On 22 Feb. 2018 01:00, "Dan Mons" <dmons@cuttingedge.com.au> wrote:
On 22 February 2018 at 07:57, Jean-Francois Panisset <panisset@gmail.com> wrote:
I've said this before, but the best "installer" is a zip file...

Amen to that! When will vendors ever learn?
-Dan

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Response from Dan Mons @ Feb. 21, 2018, 7:05 p.m.
On 22 February 2018 at 07:57, Jean-Francois Panisset <panisset@gmail.com> wrote:
I've said this before, but the best "installer" is a zip file...

Amen to that! When will vendors ever learn?
-Dan

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Response from Jean-Francois Panisset @ Feb. 21, 2018, 5 p.m.
Most Windows apps can be installed locally, harvested and copied to and run off a network share (of course Adobe apps being a notable exception), but it seems that as a general rule the performance of running Windows apps off a network share is not very good: the same app version on Linux running off NFS from the same server will start up infinitely faster. So we wrote an in-house caching system that will make a local copy of "big / slow to start" apps (Houdini, Maya, Nuke...), and uses a LRU policy to keep the cache size reasonable while ensuring that "active" projects quickly find the app versions they need (this is useful on both artist workstations and render nodes). This allows you to freeze multiple projects to different app versions (through a Shotgun-based app launcher), and deal with apps that either want to install incremental updates on top of older versions, or have quick release cycles that would quickly fill the largest of local disks if you installed everything locally. I've said this before, but the best "installer" is a zip file... JF On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM, Michael Stein wrote: > Ive searched the archives and Slack and came up empty. > > Whats the current SSA state of the art for managing Artist environments > under Windows? Im specific referring to controlling versions of software > (both third-party and in-house) on a per project basis, e.g. setting your > project, then starting an app, and getting the right version. > > Related to this question - how are people storing software? On central > server mounted as a drive or network share, or all local? > > I have these problems and figure that this wheel has been invented. > > > To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to > mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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