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Step 1: Create Node Groups

Updated: March 9, 2009

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

A node group is a named collection of compute nodes. Custom node groups enable you to efficiently partition, monitor, manage, and diagnose nodes in your cluster.

The following procedure describes how to create two mutually exclusive node groups called “StagingNodes” and “ProductionNodes”.

You must have administrative permissions on the head node to complete this procedure.

To create two mutually exclusive node groups
  1. On the head node, open HPC Cluster Manager:

    Click Start, point to All Programs, click Microsoft HPC Pack, and then click HPC Cluster Manager.

  2. In HPC Cluster Manager, click Node Management.

  3. In the Navigation pane, click ComputeNodes.

  4. To add the nodes into a new group called StagingNodes:

    1. In the node list, select one or more nodes.

    2. Right-click the selected nodes, point to Groups, and then click New Group. The Add Group dialog box appears.

    3. In Name, type StagingNodes, and then click OK.

  5. In the node list, select all of the compute nodes that are not part of the StagingNodes group, then add the selected nodes to a new node group called ProductionNodes.

  6. Verify that StagingNodes and ProductionNodes both appear in the Navigation Pane under By Group. Click each group and verify that the correct nodes appear in the node list.

Continue to Step 2: Create a Local Windows User Group on the Head Node.

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