Batch Monitor and Distributed Processing

If you have set up an Apple Qmaster distributed processing system to process Compressor or Apple Qmaster jobs, Batch Monitor will offer some additional features. For example, both administrators and client users can use Batch Monitor to monitor the processing of submitted jobs. Administrators can stop or cancel any batch, as long as they have the administrator password for the cluster that is processing the batch, and users can stop or cancel their own batches.

Batch Monitor and Passwords

There are different kinds of passwords that may affect how you use Batch Monitor. For more information, see the Distributed Processing Setup Guide, available in Compressor Help and Apple Qmaster Help.

Administrator Password

If you create this password, administrators will need to know it in order to modify the selected cluster and to view the selected cluster’s batches in Batch Monitor. To create an administrator password, click the Security tab in Apple Qadministrator.

User Password

If you create this password, users will need to know it in order to submit batches to the selected cluster and to view those batches in Batch Monitor. To create a user password, click the Security tab in Apple Qadministrator.

Service Node Password

If you are setting up a QuickCluster, other users will be required to enter this password before being allowed to submit remote requests to the computer.

If you are setting up a cluster to use with Apple Qadministrator, an administrator will be required to enter this password before being allowed to add the computer to a cluster. To create a service node password, select the “Require password” checkbox in the Apple Qmaster pane of System Preferences.

Viewing or Changing Batch Status for Distributed Processing

Depending on how you open Batch Monitor, the application may have slightly different views, with different levels of control.

To view or change batch status
  1. Open Batch Monitor in one of the following ways.

    • Administrators who want to see or modify the status of batches: Choose Cluster > Show Batch Monitor when Apple Qadministrator is open.
    • Users who want to see the status of batches and modify the status of their own batches: Use the Batch Monitor window that opens when you do any of the following:
      • Double-click the Batch Monitor icon in the Utilities folder.

      • Click the Batch Monitor button in either the Compressor window or the Apple Qmaster window.

      • Submit a batch from Apple Qmaster or Compressor (preferences must be set to open Batch Monitor automatically).

  2. Choose the cluster whose activity you want to view from the Cluster list.

  3. View the batch processing details and take any necessary action.

    Note: Client users cannot modify other users’ batches. When they select a batch or job submitted by another user, the Cancel and Pause/Resume buttons are not available.

For more details, see Setting Batch Monitor Preferences and Viewing or Changing the Status of a Submitted Batch.