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Step 4: Validate Your Environment Before Deploying Nodes

Updated: January 13, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft HPC Pack 2012, Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 R2

If you will be deploying nodes from bare metal, it is recommended that you run a set of diagnostic tests that can help you find common problems that can affect node deployment.


If your HPC cluster is configured in topology 5 (all nodes only on an enterprise network), the option to validate your environment by running a set of diagnostic tests that is described in the following procedure is not enabled in the Deployment To-do List. You can still run these tests from Diagnostics. To do this, in the Navigation Pane, under Tests, under System, the tests are grouped as Deployment Environment Validator. Also, all the test names in this set start with Deployment, so they can be readily identified in the general list of tests.

To validate your environment before deploying nodes

  1. In HPC Cluster Manager, in the Deployment To-do List, under Optional deployment tasks, click Validate your environment before deploying nodes. The Connect to diagnostic service dialog box opens.

  2. Type the domain credentials that you want to use for running diagnostic tests, and then click OK.

    • The domain credentials that you specify for running diagnostic tests must be for a domain user that has already been added to the cluster as an HPC cluster administrator.

    • The domain credentials that you specify for running diagnostic tests will be automatically stored. At any time, you can clear the diagnostic test credentials that have been stored.

The diagnostic tests will start running and the current view will automatically pivot to Diagnostics, where you can review test progress and results.