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Checklist: Deploying Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

Updated: June 6, 2006

Applies To: Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

Checklist: Deploying a Compute Cluster

 

Step Action Reference

1.

Review concepts for Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, including system hardware and software requirements.

Compute Cluster System Requirements

2

Determine topology for your compute cluster.

Compute Cluster Network Requirements

3.

Install supported operating system.

Create a second disk volume (D:\) to store installation images if you plan to use the Automated Addition method to add nodes to the cluster.

Installing Compute Cluster Edition

4.

Create and configure your head node.

Creating a Head Node for the Compute Cluster

5.

Join head node to an Active Directory domain (existing) or create a new domain.

Active Directory Installation Wizard Technical Reference

6.

Install MMC 3.0

MMC 3.0 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=62400)

7.

Install RIS hotfix

RIS Hotfix (KB907639) http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=55167

8.

Install ICS hotfix

ICS Hotfix (KB897616) http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=55166

9.

Restart your system.

Restart

10.

Install Compute Cluster Pack on the head node.

Installing Compute Cluster Pack on a Head Node

11.

Configure network interfaces on the head node.

Configuring Network Adapters on the Head Node

12

Enable or disable the Windows Firewall on public network interfaces of the cluster.

Configuring the Firewall

13.

Enable RIS (optional) from the Compute Cluster Pack if you intend to use the Automated Addition method to add compute nodes to your cluster. Then add one or more installation images and configure the images with valid product keys and identifying descriptions.

Installing Remote Installation Services

Adding a RIS Image

License Management

14.

Add compute nodes to your cluster, using either the Automated Addition or Manual Addition method.

To do this, use the Add Nodes Wizard from the Node Management tile in the Compute Cluster Administrator MMC snap-in.

Using Automated Addition to Add Nodes

Using Manual Addition to Add Nodes

15.

Approve nodes.

Managing Compute Nodes

16.

Define cluster users and administrators. To do this, use the Configure Users Wizard from the Cluster Security tile in the Compute Cluster Administrator MMC snap-in.

Managing Compute Cluster Security

17.

Download the Microsoft Compute Cluster Pack SDK, if desired.

See the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=55873).

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