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Node Management in Windows HPC Server 2008 Quick Reference

Updated: February 21, 2009

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

This topic provides a quick reference for common node management actions. The tables below provide links to help topics or brief instructions for performing these actions using the three primary job submission interfaces in Windows® HPC Server 2008: HPC Job Manager, the Command Prompt window, and HPC PowerShell.

noteNote
All cluster nodes must have an associated node template. Node templates define the necessary tasks for adding, configuring, and maintaining compute nodes in your cluster. For more information, see Node Templates.

In this topic:

Manage nodes

The following table lists actions that are related to managing nodes.

 

Action HPC Cluster Manager Command-prompt window HPC PowerShell

Deploy nodes from bare metal

Deploy Compute Nodes from Bare Metal

Not available

Not available

Add preconfigured nodes

Add Preconfigured Compute Nodes

Not available

Not available

Add nodes by importing a node XML file

Add Compute Nodes by Importing a Node XML File

Not available

Import-HpcNodeXml

Start a node

In List view or Heat Map view, right-click a node, then click Start.

Not available

Start-HpcNode

Bring a node online

In List view or Heat Map view, right-click a node, then click Bring Online.

node resume

Set-HpcNodeState

Include the parameter:

-State Online

Take a node offline

In List view or Heat Map view, right-click a node, then click Take Offline.

node pause

Set-HpcNodeState

Include the parameter:

-State Offline

Reboot a node

In List view or Heat Map view, right-click a node, then click Reboot.

Not available

Restart-HpcNode

Shut down a node

In List view or Heat Map view, right-click a node, then click Shut Down.

Not available

Shutdown-HpcNode

Reject a node

In List view or Heat Map view, right-click a node, then click Reject.

Not available

Set-HpcNodeState

Include the parameter:

-State Rejected

Organize nodes into groups

Grouping Compute Nodes

Not available

Create a new node group:

New-HpcGroup

Add nodes to a node group:

Add-HpcGroup

Edit node location and product key information

In List view or Heat Map view, right-click a node, then click Edit.

Not available

Set-HpcNode

Configure a WCF broker node

Configuring WCF Broker Nodes

Not available

Take the node offline before changing the node role.

Change the node role using:

Set-HpcNode

Include the parameter:

-Role BrokerNode

Run a command on a node

In List view or Heat Map view, right-click a node, then click Run command.

For more information, see:

Running Clusrun Commands

clusrun

Not available

Install applications on nodes

Either run the Post Install Command task in the node template, see:

Maintaining Nodes

Or use clusrun to run a command across a set of nodes, see:

Running Clusrun Commands

clusrun

Run the Post Install command in the node template using:

Assign-HpcNodeTemplate

Include the parameter:

-Maintain

A Post Install Command can be added as a Maintenance task to the node template. For more information, see Maintaining Nodes.

Update nodes

Run the Apply Updates task in the node template:

Maintaining Nodes

Not available

Run the Apply Updates task in the node template using:

Assign-HpcNodeTemplate

Include the parameter:

-Maintain

An Apply Updates task can be added as a Maintenance task to the node template. For more information, see Maintaining Nodes.

Reimage a node

Reimage Compute Nodes

Not available

Assign-HpcNodeTemplate

Additional references

View node information

The following table lists actions that are related to viewing information about nodes.

 

Action HPC Cluster Manager Command-prompt window HPC PowerShell

View current node states

View Nodes

node list

Get-HpcNode

View node details

View Nodes

node view

Optionally use with the parameters:

/detailed

or

/history

Get-HpcNode

Use with fl (Format-List). For example:

get-hpcnode –name myNode|fl

View node performance counters

For a single node:

In List view, select a node, then in the Detail Pane, click the Metrics tab.

To compare metrics across nodes:

Use Heat Map view, or customize the displayed columns in List view (in the toolbar, click View, then click Column Chooser).

View Performance Charts

Not available

Get-HpcMetricValue

View jobs running on a node

In List view or Heat Map view, select a node, then in Actions, under Pivot To, click Jobs for the Selected Nodes.

Not available

Get-HpcJob

Include the parameter:

-NodeName

View node operations

Read the Operations Log

Not available

Get-HpcOperation

Get-HpcOperationLog

View node events

View Node Events

Not available

Not available

Open a remote desktop connection to a node

Open a Remote Desktop Connection

Not available

Not available

Run diagnostic tests on a node

Run Diagnostic Tests

Not available

Invoke-HpcTest

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