Adding Nodes to a Cluster

Updated: January 13, 2009

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

Windows HPC Server 2008 simplifies the process of deploying compute nodes by providing automatic node imaging, automatic naming of nodes, and other capabilities to streamline deployment tasks. Also, it provides tools to monitor the progress of your deployment.

Unlike previous versions of Windows HPC Server 2008, the default in Windows HPC Server 2008 is to respond only to Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) requests that come from existing compute nodes. This default setting is automatically changed when you use the Add Node Wizard to add nodes from bare metal. Also, you can manually change this setting at any time. For more information, see Set the Windows Deployment Services Mode.

Before you add nodes to your cluster, verify that the physical network topology of your cluster matches the topology specified on your head node. To see the network topology that is currently specified for your cluster, in Configuration, in the Navigation Pane, click Network.

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