Windows HPC Server 2008 Getting Started Guide

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

This guide provides basic conceptual information and general procedures for installing a high performance computing cluster using Windows® HPC Server 2008. For detailed deployment information and step-by-step procedures, see the Windows HPC Server 2008 Design and Deployment Guide (

This guide is also available with the installation files for Microsoft® HPC Pack 2008 (HPCGettingStarted.rtf, in the root folder). You can also download a printable version of the Windows HPC Server 2008 Getting Started Guide (

The following information may also be useful when you are getting started with Windows HPC Server 2008:

  • You can configure your HPC cluster for high availability by installing the head node in the context of a failover cluster. If the server that is acting as the head node fails, the other server in the failover cluster automatically begins acting as the head node (through a process known as failover). For more information about running an HPC cluster with failover clustering, see the Configuring Failover Clustering in Windows HPC Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guide (

  • Some design and deployment decisions have specific security implications in an HPC cluster. For more information, see Security in Windows HPC Server 2008 (

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