Setting up to use Nimble Studio - Amazon Nimble Studio

Setting up to use Nimble Studio

This tutorial is for administrator users who want to set up an Amazon Nimble Studio. If you're an artist who is beginning to use Nimble Studio, go to the Artist tutorials for Amazon Nimble Studio.

The following sections will guide you through the steps that you need to complete before deploying a studio in Nimble Studio.

Set up IAM

Review the following AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) documentation before you start:

Log in to your AWS account as an admin user to complete the remaining setup.

Check service quotas

You can use the AWS Service Quotas console to view and request increases for most AWS quotas. If you're using an existing AWS account for deployment, for instance, it’s important that you aren't already reaching your limit.

Most service quotas are Region-specific, so be sure to select the AWS Region where the quota increase is required.

Check your Spot Instance quota

Increasing your Spot Instance quota will allow you to scale your farm up to the size required by your team to handle the workload for your projects.

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Service Quotas console.

  2. Check that your Region is set to the region in which you want to deploy your studio.

  3. In the left navigation pane, choose AWS services.

  4. Search for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

  5. Choose All Standard (A, C, D, H, I, M, R, T, Z) Spot Instance Requests from the list.

  6. Choose Request quota increase.

  7. In the window that appears, enter a new quota value in the field under Change quota value.

    1. To figure out what to change your quota value to, multiply the number of render workers that you want to run concurrently with the number of vCPUs you want each render worker to have.

    2. For example, if you have 20 workers and want each worker to have 16 vCPUs, you would request to change your quota value to 320.

  8. Choose Request to submit your request.

For information about the specs of different instances, see Amazon EC2 Instance Types.

Note

The default quota for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets is 100 per AWS account. StudioBuilder will fail whenever you reach 4 buckets below your limit. To request a quota increase up to 1,000 buckets, open the AWS Service Quotas console, choose AWS services from the left navigation pane, and search Amazon S3.

Request a quota increase

Your AWS account is subject to quotas that might impact how many Nimble Studio virtual workstations, render workers, and Amazon EC2 G4 instances that you can launch.

You can request increases to all of your studio quotas. After your request for a service quota increase is approved, your studio will have access to the resources that your team needs to do their work. For more information, see AWS service quotas.

Important

Provide the following information when you request a quota increase for these instances.

  • G3 and G5 instances: Instance type (count), OS, AWS Region

    • Example: G5.2xlarge (2), Windows, IAD

    • Example: G5.8xlarge (1), Linux, IAD

  • G4 instances: Instance type (count), OS, AWS Region, Availability Zone ID

    • Example: g4dn.2xlarge (3), Windows, PDX, usw2-az1

    • Example: g4dn.2xlarge (2), Linux, PDX, usw2-az2

Find the Availability Zone ID of a launch profile

If you are requesting a quota increase for a G4 instance, you’ll need to supply the Availability Zone ID of the launch profile that you’re requesting a quota increase for.

To find the Availability Zone ID of a launch profile

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Nimble Studio console.

  2. Choose Launch profiles in the left navigation pane.

  3. Select the launch profile that you want you increase the quota for.

  4. Select the SubnetID in the Launch profile details details section. The Availability Zone ID is in the Details section.

Request a quota increase for Amazon Nimble Studio streaming sessions

A streaming session is how artists connect to their virtual workstations so that they can access the files, settings, and applications that they need to work on an asset. By default, your AWS account is limited to two streaming sessions per studio. If you're planning to have more than two artists working at a time, you will want to request a quota increase for Nimble Studio streaming sessions.

To request a quota increase for Nimble Studio streaming sessions

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Service Quotas console.

  2. In the AWS Region selector (top-right navigation bar), make sure that the Region for your studio is selected.

    
                  The AWS Region selector in the menu bar of an AWS service console.
  3. In the left navigation pane, choose AWS services.

    
                     Service Quotas navigation pane with AWS services link
                        selected.
  4. Search for Amazon Nimble Studio.

  5. Choose Amazon Nimble Studio from the list.

    
                     AWS services page and search bar with Amazon Nimble Studio entered.
  6. Select the dot next to Streaming sessions per studio.

  7. Choose Request quota increase.

  8. Enter the desired number of concurrent streaming sessions into the Change quota value field.

    1. Each artist requires their own unique streaming session. Therefore, choose the number of artists that will likely work in your studio at any given time.

  9. Choose Request to submit your request.

(Optional) Request a quota increase for G5 streaming sessions

By default, your studio has a quota of two streaming sessions. You can choose any supported instance types as part of this quota, except for G5 instances. For using G5 instances, request an increase in G5 streaming session quota. By default you have a quota of zero G5 streaming sessions.

To request a quota increase for G5 streaming sessions

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Service Quotas console.

  2. In the AWS Region selector (top-right navigation bar), make sure that the Region for your studio is selected.

    
                  The AWS Region selector in the menu bar of an AWS service console.
  3. In the left navigation pane, choose AWS services.

    
                     Service Quotas navigation pane with AWS services link
                        selected.
  4. Search for Amazon Nimble Studio.

  5. Choose Amazon Nimble Studio from the list.

    
                     AWS services page and search bar with Amazon Nimble Studio entered.
  6. Select the dot next to G5 streaming sessions per studio.

  7. Choose Request quota increase.

  8. Enter the desired number of G5 streaming sessions into the Change quota value field.

    1. We will increase the streaming sessions quota to match the number of G5 streaming sessions. For example, if you have a default quota of two and request five G5 instances, we will raise the streaming session quota to five to match the G5 quota.

  9. Choose Request to submit your request.

  10. You will be required to provide the following additional information: Instance type (count), OS, AWS Region

    1. Example: G5.2xlarge (2), Windows, IAD

    2. Example: G5.8xlarge (1), Linux, IAD

Request a quota increase for VPC security groups per network interface

  1. In the left navigation pane choose AWS services.

  2. Search for VPC.

  3. Choose Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) in the list.

  4. Select the dot next to Security groups per network interface.

  5. Choose Request quota increase.

  6. In the Change quota value field, enter the desired number of security groups per network interface.

    1. This number will depend on how many studio components you anticipate adding to your launch profiles and how many security groups are being used by those components. If you aren't sure, 10 is a good starting point. You can always increase this quota later.

  7. Choose Request to submit your request.

Request a quota increase for On-Demand “G and VT” Instances

When updating the AMIs that your team uses to launch virtual workstations, you will need to launch GPU instances so that you can install and test the software that you're adding to the AMI.

  1. In the left navigation pane, choose Dashboard

    
                     Service Quotas navigation pane with AWS services link
                        selected.
  2. Choose Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) from the list of dashboard cards.

  3. Select Running On-Demand G and VT instances from the list and choose Request quota increase..

    1. G stands for graphic-intensive instances.

    2. VT stands for video transcoding instances.

  4. In the window that appears, enter a new quota value in the field under Change quota value.

    1. Enter a minimum value of 4, but we recommend entering at least 16 just to be safe.

    2. The minimum value of 4 will allow you to run one g4dn.xlarge instance at a time for AMI creation, because it has 4 vCPUs. If you want to run more than one instance at a time to create AMIS or a g4 instance with more vCPUs, you will need a higher quota value. A value of 16 would allow you to run 4 g4dn.xlarge instances at a time or one g4dn.4xlarge instance, which has 16 vCPUs.

  5. Choose Request to submit your request.

  6. You can check on the status of a quota request by choosing Quota request history in the navigation pane of the Service Quotas console. It can take anywhere from 12 to 48 hours for a request to be resolved.

(Optional) Opt in to the LA Local Zone

If you want to create a studio in the us-west-2 Region, you can create workstations and file systems in the LA Local Zone. We recommend this for lower latency interactions, if you and your artists are located closer to California than Oregon. For more information about Local Zones, see the AWS Local Zones FAQs.

To use the LA Local Zone, manually opt in from the console. If you don’t, the Local Zone won’t appear in the list of Availability Zones in the StudioBuilder deploy tool.

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon VPC console.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Scroll down to US West (Los Angeles) / us-west-2-lax-1 and select Manage.

    
                   Console for Amazon VPC showing US West Local Zones.
  4. Select Opted in.

    
                  Console for Amazon VPC showing opt in to Local Zones.
  5. Select Update zones.

You can now create resources in the LA Local Zone.