Step 5: Deploy the Base Node
Updated: January 13, 2014
Applies To: Microsoft HPC Pack 2012, Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 R2
After you have added the iSCSI boot nodes to your cluster, the next step is to deploy one of those nodes over iSCSI, so that it can become the base node. To deploy the base node, use the Deploy Base Node Wizard to do the following:
Create a base node template
Select or create the operating system image to use
Specify the iSCSI boot configuration of the base node
Deploy the base node with these settings
An operating system image is deployed to the computer that you use as the base node, and all data on that computer might be lost. Before you create the base node on that computer, you should back up any valued data that is stored on it.
To deploy the base node
In HPC Cluster Manager, in Configuration, in the Navigation Pane, click iSCSI Deployment.
In the Required iSCSI Deployment Tasks list, under Base node image creation, click Deploy the base node. The Deploy Base Node Wizard appears.
On the Select Computer page, click Select Node. The Select Node dialog box appears.
In the list of nodes, select the node that you want to use as the base node, and then click OK. Click Next to continue.
On the Specify Template Name page, type a name for the base node template that will be created to deploy the base node, and optionally type a description for it. Click Next to continue.
The node template that you create with the Deploy Base Node Wizard can only be used to deploy the base node for iSCSI deployment.
On the Select Operating System Image page, in the Image Name list, select the operating system image that you want to use to deploy the base node, and then click Next.
Use the following procedure if you have not yet added an operating system image, or if you want to use a different operating system image:
Click Add Image. The Add Operating System Image dialog box opens.
On the Add Operating System Image dialog box, click Create a new operating system image, and then type or browse to the location of the Windows setup file for Windows Server® 2008 R2 HPC Edition, another edition of Windows Server 2008 R2, or a 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008.
Type a descriptive name for the new operating system image, and then click OK.
After the image is added, in the Image Name list, click the image that you want to use to deploy the base node.
Select the Include a product key to activate the operating system on the nodes check box, and then type the product key for the operating system image that you selected in Image Name. Click Next to continue.
A product key might not be required for deployment, depending on the version of the operating system that you used when the operating system image was created. You must specify a product key if you used a retail or evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008.
On the iSCSI Boot Configuration page, select the iSCSI boot configuration for the base node in your cluster.
You must select the same iSCSI boot configuration for the base node and, in a later step, for the iSCSI boot nodes. (See Step 8: Create a Node Template for the iSCSI Boot Nodes, in this guide.) If you do not select the same iSCSI boot configuration for the base node and later for the iSCSI boot nodes, your deployment will fail.
Use the following procedure if the private network adapter is configured for PXE boot, and you select to provide a network boot program (NBP) to initiate the iSCSI boot:
Copy the NBP file to the %CCP_DATA%\Boot folder, for example: c:\Program Files\Microsoft HPC Pack 2012\Data\Boot.
On the iSCSI Boot Configuration page, in the NBP File Path box, type the name of the NBP file that you copied, and in the NBP DHCP Client Class box, type the DHCP client class for the NBP. For example, if your NBP is for gPXE, type the name of the gPXE file, and type gPXE as the class. Click Next to continue.
On the iSCSI Qualified Name Configuration page, select how to assign the iSCSI Qualified Name (IQN) to the base node, and then click Next.
If you are providing an NBP, you must select to assign the IQN dynamically. For example, if you are using gPXE, use DHCP option ID 203 (the default value).
If you are using a network adapter that can boot from iSCSI, you must determine which DHCP option is required by reviewing the documentation for the adapter, or by contacting your hardware vendor.
On the Specify Local Administrator Password for Node page, select if you want to specify a password for the local administrator account on the base node, and then click Next.
On the Specify Windows Updates page, specify if you want to add a step in the template to download and install updates by using Microsoft Update or the enterprise Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Also, you can specify specific updates to be added to the template. Click Next to continue.
On the Review page, click Deploy.