Let's have the following assumption:
PC1 - computer used to run the network processing from GUI only, has IP 220.127.116.11 (let's call it CLIENT)
NODE1 - computer that will be used as a processing node for the distributed computations, has IP 18.104.22.168 (let's call it NODE)
/mnt/FOLDER/ - a shared folder, to easy the procedure we recommend to use the same network name for it on all the computers involved in the network processing. (let's call it STORAGE)
SERVER1 - computer that will be used as a server for the network processing - doesn't perform any processing tasks and is only controlling the jobs and distributes the tasks, so shouldn't be powerful computer and also doesn't require Metashape license. In principle, you can run server instance of Metashape Professional on the same computer where node is started, however, it may affect the stability of the server. The IP address is 333.333.333.333 (let's call it SERVER)
So the procedure should be the following:
1) run Metashape Professional in the network in server node. To do that on SERVER execute the following command:
./metashape.sh --server --control 333.333.333.333 --dispatch 333.333.333.333
2) run Metashape Professional in node mode on all the computers that would be performing the jobs, in our case it is NODE:
./meetashape.sh --node --dispatch 333.333.333.333 --root /mnt/FOLDER/
So here you can see, that we are using IP address of the SERVER. Also we recommend to use --root argument and on all the nodes specify the path to the same network folder (STORAGE). It shouldn't be the exact location of the project file, just some up-dir where all the projects are stored.
3) Here you can run Agisoft Network Monitor (./monitor.sh), connect to the SERVER by it's IP: 333.333.333.333 leaving the default port 5840 for communication and see that the nodes are connected - they will be displayed in the bottom frame of the Monitor window.
4) Run Metashape Professional on the CLIENT in GUI mode, create new project and save it in PSX format somewhere on STORAGE.
5) On the CLIENT machine open Tools Menu -> Preferences -> Network tab and specify the following:
Check on Enable network processing feature.
For the Host name field specify SERVER IP address: 333.333.333.333
Use default port number for communication: 5840
In the Root field specify the path to the STORAGE - it should be pointing to the same folder that is mounted as /mnt/FOLDER/ on the NODE.
Enable Fine Level Task Distribution for all the tasks. Note that for unchecked tasks and non-specified tasks the processing will be performed on the single node, irrespective to the number of available idling nodes.
Click OK to apply the changes
After that in the bottom-right corner of the GUI window on CLIENT you will see "connected to server" icon.
6) Again using CLIENT's GUI open the Batch Processing, define the processing stages and parameters and click OK to run. You'll be asked, if you want to run the processing via network, click OK and the small network processing progress dialog will appear. After that you can press Disconnect on the CLIENT's side and close GUI, since the processing is being on the NODE now - you can confirm it via Network Monitor and also reading the logs in the terminal both on SERVER and NODE sides.