Windows HPC Server 2008 Getting Started Guide
Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008
This guide provides basic conceptual information and general procedures for installing a high performance computing cluster using Windows® HPC Server 2008. For detailed deployment information and step-by-step procedures, see the Windows HPC Server 2008 Design and Deployment Guide (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=117921).
This guide is also available with the installation files for Microsoft® HPC Pack 2008 (HPCGettingStarted.rtf, in the root folder). You can also download a printable version of the Windows HPC Server 2008 Getting Started Guide (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=119663).
The following information may also be useful when you are getting started with Windows HPC Server 2008:
You can configure your HPC cluster for high availability by installing the head node in the context of a failover cluster. If the server that is acting as the head node fails, the other server in the failover cluster automatically begins acting as the head node (through a process known as failover). For more information about running an HPC cluster with failover clustering, see the Configuring Failover Clustering in Windows HPC Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guide (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=123894).
Some design and deployment decisions have specific security implications in an HPC cluster. For more information, see Security in Windows HPC Server 2008 (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=157794).
Sections in this guide
This guide contains the following sections:
Checklist: Deploy an HPC Cluster (Overview)
Step 1: Prepare for Your Deployment
Step 3: Configure the Head Node
Step 4: Add Compute Nodes to the Cluster
Step 5: Run Diagnostic Tests on the Cluster