If you want to be updated about service pack releases and other important Softimage news, turn on the Check for Announcements and Updates preferences (File > Preferences > General).
Then every time you start Softimage, announcements and updates will be displayed in the default Netview page. If this option is off, you can still click a link in the default Netview page to display them. If this option is on but Launch Netview on Startup is off, high-priority messages will still force Netview to open on startup.
Alternatively, you can subscribe to the RSS feed at http://softimage.wiki.softimage.com/motd/rss_en.xml using an RSS-aware browser.
I’ve had a couple of customers ask if satellite really does work, and I can confirm that it does. I set up a couple of Windows 7 machines for satellite, and the mental ray diagnostics show the satellite machine being used (I’ve changed the computer names for demo purposes):
// INFO : JOB 0.n progr: 89.8% rendered on MTL-SATELLITE:7020.6
// INFO : JOB 0.13 progr: 90.9% rendered on MTL-MASTER.13
// INFO : JOB 0.6 progr: 91.9% rendered on MTL-MASTER.6
// INFO : JOB 0.n progr: 92.9% rendered on MTL-SATELLITE:7020.7
// INFO : JOB 0.12 progr: 93.9% rendered on MTL-MASTER.12
// INFO : JOB 0.n progr: 94.9% rendered on MTL-SATELLITE:7020.2
// INFO : JOB 0.n progr: 95.9% rendered on MTL-SATELLITE:7020.4
// INFO : JOB 0.10 progr: 96.9% rendered on MTL-MASTER.10
// INFO : JOB 0.n progr: 97.9% rendered on MTL-SATELLITE:7020.0
// INFO : JOB 0.n progr: 98.9% rendered on MTL-SATELLITE:7020.5
MTL-SATELLITE is the satellite computer, 7020 is the port used by the Satellite service, and the number after the period is the thread number.
One gotcha: satellite didn’t work if I used a different port on each computer. For example, if I changed the port to 7004 on the Master, then satellite didn’t work.