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Install HPC PowerShell, HPC Cluster Manager, and HPC Job Manager on the Compute Nodes

Updated: June 17, 2009

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

You can install the HPC client utilities for Windows HPC Server 2008 (HPC PowerShell, HPC Cluster Manager and HPC Job Manager), on the compute nodes of your Windows HPC Server 2008 cluster when they are deployed. This is achieved by modifying the node template that you use to deploy the compute nodes. This topic explains how to make the necessary modifications to the node template.

ImportantImportant
You must use a node template that includes a step to deploy an operating system on the compute nodes. If you do not have one, follow the steps in “3.4. Create a node template”, in the Step 3: Configure the Head Node topic of the Design and Deployment Guide for Windows HPC Server 2008 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=137351).

To modify a node template to install the HPC client utilities
  1. On the head node of your HPC cluster, open HPC Cluster Manager. Click Start, point to All Programs, click Microsoft HPC Pack, and then click HPC Cluster Manager.

  2. In Configuration, in the Navigation pane, click Node Templates.

  3. Double-click the node template that you want to modify. The Node Template Editor dialog box opens.

    noteNote
    You can also make a copy of an existing node template and modify that copy. To copy a node template, select the template, and then on the Actions pane, click Copy. The name of the duplicate template that is created will start with Copy of. You can change the name of the template when you modify it in the Node Template Editor dialog box.

  4. To add a task that copies some of the necessary installation files for Microsoft Report Viewer 2005:

    1. To ensure that the new task is added in the right place, in the Deployment section of the list of node template tasks, click the Install HPC Pack task.

    2. Click Add Task, point to Deployment, and then click Unicast Copy. The new Unicast Copy task will be listed right before the Install HPC Pack task.

      ImportantImportant
      The correct ordering of the tasks in the node template is crucial. You can click Move Up and Move Down to position a task in its right place on the list of tasks.

    3. Set the Directory property to True.

    4. In the Destination property, type the following path:

      %INSTALLDRIVE%\HpcInstall\ReportViewer
      
    5. In the Source property, type the following path:

      z:\ReportViewer
      
  5. To add a task that installs HPC Pack 2008 with the client utilities:

    1. In the Deployment section of the list of node template tasks, click the Install HPC Pack task.

    2. Click Add Task, point to Deployment, and then click Run OS command. The new Run OS command task will be listed right before the Install HPC Pack task.

    3. In the Command property, type the following command:

      %INSTALLDRIVE%\HpcInstall\Setup.exe –client –computenode:%CLUSTERNAME% -unattend
      
  6. To remove the original Install HPC Pack task from the node template:

    1. In the Deployment section of the list of node template tasks, click the Install HPC Pack task.

    2. Click Delete Task.

  7. To save the changes that you have made to the node template and close the Node Template Editor dialog box, click Save.

The following images show the node template after it has been configured. The first image shows the new Unicast Copy task, and the second image shows the new Run OS command task:

Screen shot of the UnicastCopy task Screen shot of the RunOS command task

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