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Overview


This guide is to serve as a reference for installation of V-Ray Next for Maya. Please refer to the Glossary section for specific terms used in this document.

You can download the latest official version of V-Ray Next from http://www.chaosgroup.com with the account supplied to you by Chaos Group or your reseller.

If you experience any problems, please check the Troubleshooting section. If you are still having problems please contact our support team: https://www.chaosgroup.com/support#contact

A complete installation of V-Ray Next for Maya consists of:

  • V-Ray

  • V-Ray IPR

  • V-Ray Standalone

  • V-Ray license server

  • V-Ray tools

  • V-Ray SDK

  • V-Ray AppSDK (installed with V-Ray Next, Update 1 for Maya (V-Ray 4.1) and later
  • WIBU-KEY drivers (optional)

  • Dongle (hardware lock) (optional)

 

  In order to complete a full installation of V-Ray Next for Maya you need to:

  1. Install the License Server or connect to one on your network

  2. Install V-Ray for Maya

All necessary installation files can be found in the V-Ray Next for Maya installation archive.

Use the latest version of the Chaos License Server with the latest version of V-Ray.

 

 

Installing V-Ray for Maya


This section describes the installation of V-Ray for Maya using the provided installer.

 

Windows


To install V-Ray for Maya license make sure your Windows account has administrative privileges and double-click the installer to run it:

Operating system

Maya Version

Installer Name

Windows 64-bit

Maya 2015

vray_adv_40301_maya2015_x64.exe

Windows 64-bitMaya 2016vray_adv_40301_maya2016_x64.exe
Windows 64-bitMaya 2016 Ext. 2vray_adv_40301_maya2016.5_x64.exe
Windows 64-bitMaya 2017vray_adv_40301_maya2017_x64.exe
Windows 64-bitMaya 2018vray_adv_40301_maya2018_x64.exe

To complete the installation follow these steps:

1. You will be presented with the V-Ray licensing agreement. Please take a moment to review the agreement. Check the I accept checkbox and click Next to proceed:

 

 

2. During the next step you can choose the installation type. The available installation types are:

Full – A full installation and includes V-Ray for Maya, IPR for Maya, V-Ray Standalone, V-Ray SDK, V-Ray Tools and Documentation.  It will allow you to use V-Ray in Maya, do Distributed or Network Rendering, run IPR render server, use V-Ray SDK, and use the different V-Ray Tools.
Standalone only
– An installation which includes V-Ray Standalone and IPR render server. Please choose this option if you plan to use this machine only for Distributed Rendering with V-Ray Standalone and an IPR render server.

 

 

 

3. After you choose the installation type you can click the “Customize” button and adjust the corresponding installation settings. If you have selected the Full installation, you will see the full list of customizable settings:

Uninstall previous installations - Leave enabled to automatically uninstall any previous versions.

Help us improve V-Ray – Specifies whether you agree to send anonymous information to us about the way you use V-Ray for Maya. Click on More Info and then Install Now to learn more about our customer feedback program. See the Chaos Group Telemetry page for more details.

How are you going to connect to the V-Ray license server – Specifies whether the V-Ray license server will run locally or on another machine. If you select “Remote V-Ray license server on the network” you will be given fields to specify the IP address of the machine on which the V-Ray License server is running. Please leave the port 30304 unchanged.

Specify installation paths – Use to confirm the default folders are correct.

Add firewall exceptions – Automatically adds firewall exceptions so IPR for Maya and V-Ray Standalone can run uninterrupted.

Common settings for Full installation for Maya 2018 with a local license server and default paths, should look like the screenshot below:

 

 

4. The installer will detect and list any applications that need to be closed. Please close them and click Install Now.  

5. The installer will proceed to uninstall any previous versions and install V-Ray Next.

6. If the installation was successful, you will get this screen.  

 

 


Register the V-Ray render slave – Registers V-Ray Standalone as a service and automatically start when the machine boots. In this case the V-Ray Standalone server will run in the background as a service and there will be no need to run it manually. You will be able to use this machine as a render slave.

7. Press the Finish button.

 

Mac OS X


To install V-Ray unpack the installation archive, double-click the dmg file to mount it and run the installer.

Operating system

Maya Version

Installer Name

Mac OS X 64-bit

Maya 2015

vray_adv_40301_maya2015_mountain_lion_x64.app

Mac OS X 64-bit

Maya 2016

vray_adv_40301_maya2016_mavericks_x64.app

Mac OS X 64-bit

Maya 2016 Ext. 2

vray_adv_40301_maya2016.5_mavericks_x64.app

Mac OS X 64-bit

Maya 2017

vray_adv_40301_maya2017_mavericks_x64.app

Mac OS X 64-bit

Maya 2018

vray_adv_40301_maya2018_mavericks_x64.app

To complete the installation follow these steps:

1. You will be presented with the V-Ray licensing agreement. Please take a moment to review the agreement. Check the I accept checkbox and click Next to proceed:

2. During the next step you can choose the installation type. The available installation types are:

Full – A full installation and includes V-Ray for Maya, IPR for Maya, V-Ray Standalone, V-Ray SDK, V-Ray Tools and Documentation.  It will allow you to use V-Ray in Maya, do Distributed or Network Rendering,  run IPR render server, use V-Ray SDK, and use the different V-Ray Tools.
Standalone only – An installation which includes V-Ray Standalone and IPR render server. Please choose this option if you plan to use this machine only for Distributed Rendering with V-Ray Standalone and an IPR render server.


 

 

3 After you choose the installation type you can click the “Customize” button and adjust the corresponding installation settings.  If you have selected the Full installation, you will see the full list of customizable settings: The installer will detect and list any applications that need to be closed. Please close them and click Install Now.

Uninstall previous installations – Leave enabled to automatically uninstall any previous versions.
How are you going to connect to the V-Ray license server
– Specifies whether the V-Ray license server will run locally or on another machine. If you select “Remote V-Ray license server on the network” you will be given fields to specify the IP address of the machine on which the V-Ray License server is running. Please leave the port 30304 unchanged.
Specify installation paths
– Use to confirm the default folders are correct.

Common settings for Full installation for Maya 2018 with a local license server and default paths, should look like the screenshot below:

 

 

 

4. The installer will proceed to uninstall any previous versions and install V-Ray Next.

5. If the installation was successful, you will get this screen.

 

 

 

Register the V-Ray render slave – Registers V-Ray Standalone as a service and automatically start upon the Mac OS X boot. In this case the V-Ray Standalone server will run in the background as a service and there will be no need to run it manually. You will be able to use this machine as a render slave.

6. Press the Finish button.

 

Linux


1. Unpack the contents of the installation archive to a temporary folder (called vray_install_dir below);

2. Open a console and navigate to that folder;

3. Make sure you have root permissions or use the su or the sudo command and run the installation file in the directory for the respective Maya version:

Operating system

Maya version

Installer name

Linux 64-bit

Maya 2015

vray_adv_40301 _maya2015_linux_x64

Linux 64-bitMaya 2016vray_adv_40301 _maya2016_linux_x64
Linux 64-bitMaya 2016 Ext. 2vray_adv_40301 _maya2016.5_linux_x64
Linux 64-bitMaya 2017vray_adv_40301 _maya2017_linux_x64
Linux 64-bitMaya 2018vray_adv_40301 _maya2018_linux_x64

4. Follow the instructions of the installer; if you had a previous version of V-Ray for Maya, the installer will try to automatically remove it first.

For example:

$ cd vray_install_dir
$ sudo ./vray_adv_40301_maya2018_linux_x64
follow installer instructions
$ exit

5. You will be presented with the V-Ray licensing agreement. Please take a moment to review the agreement. Check the I accept checkbox and click Next to proceed.

6. During the next step you can choose the installation type. The available installation types are:

Full – A full installation and includes V-Ray for Maya, IPR for Maya, V-Ray Standalone, V-Ray SDK, V-Ray Tools and Documentation. It will allow you to use V-Ray in Maya, do Distributed or Network Rendering,  run IPR, use V-Ray SDK, and use the different V-Ray Tools.
Standalone only – An installation which includes V-Ray Standalone and IPR render server. Please choose this option if you plan to use this machine only for Distributed Rendering with V-Ray Standalone and an IPR render server.

 

 

 

7. After you choose the installation type you can click the Customize button and adjust the corresponding installation settings.  If you have selected the Full installation, you will see the full list of customizable settings:

Uninstall previous installations – Leave enabled to automatically uninstall any previous versions.
How are you going to connect to the V-Ray license server
– Specifies whether the V-Ray license server will run locally or on another machine. If you select “Remote V-Ray license server on the network” you will be given fields to specify the IP address of the machine on which the V-Ray License server is running. Please leave the port 30304 unchanged.
Specify installation paths
– Use to confirm the default folders are correct.

Common settings for Full installation for Maya 2018 with a local license server and default paths, should look like the screenshot below:

 

 

 

8. If the installation was successful, you will get this screen.

 

 

 

Register the V-Ray render slave – Registers V-Ray Standalone as a service and automatically start when the machine boots. In this case the V-Ray Standalone server will run in the background as a service and there will be no need to run it manually. You will be able to use this machine as a render slave.

9. Press the Finish button.

 

Some GUI Distributions of Linux may be incompatible with the GUI of the installer. In that case run the installation with -gui=0 attribute.

For example:

$ cd vray_install_dir
$ sudo ./vray_adv_40301_maya2018_linux_x64 -gui=0
follow installer instructions
$ exit