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Specify the Compute Node Naming Series

Updated: January 13, 2009

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

When you deploy compute nodes from bare metal, Windows HPC Server 2008 automatically generates computer names for the new nodes that are being deployed. You must specify how those names will be generated, by defining a naming series.

The naming series is defined by selecting a root name and the starting number that will accompany that name. The starting number is enclosed in percentage signs (%). For example: ClusterNode%1000%.

When you deploy compute nodes from bare metal, nodes will be named in sequence, as the compute nodes become available. For example, if you deploy three nodes after specifying the following naming series: ClusterNode-%100%, those nodes will be assigned these names:

  • ClusterNode-100

  • ClusterNode-101

  • ClusterNode-102

For information about using HPC Cluster Manager, see Overview of HPC Cluster Manager.

To specify the compute node naming series
  1. In the To-do List, click Configure the naming of new nodes. The Specify Compute Node Naming Series dialog box opens.

  2. Type the naming series that you want to use. The preview in the Specify Compute Node Naming Series dialog box helps you to see an example of how the naming series will be applied to the names of the compute nodes.

  3. To save the compute node naming series that you have specified, click OK.

Additional considerations

  • The compute node naming series is limited to 15 characters.

  • You cannot specify a compute node naming series that consists only of numbers.

  • To open HPC Cluster Manager, click Start, point to All Programs, click Microsoft HPC Pack, and then click HPC Cluster Manager. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.

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