Step 2: Add Software Updates to the Node Template

Updated: May 19, 2010

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

The following procedures describe how you add and configure the Apply Updates task in a node template in HPC Cluster Manager.

To add and configure the Apply Updates task in an existing node template

  1. In Configuration, in the Navigation Pane, click Node Templates.

  2. In the views pane, double-click the node template that is assigned to the compute nodes that you want to update. The Node Template Editor dialog box appears.

  3. Under Node template tasks, scroll to the Maintenance section.

  4. Click Add Task, click Maintenance, and then click Apply Updates.

    If Apply Updates is not available, the node template already includes this task. In the Maintenance section, find the existing Apply Updates task.

  5. Select the Apply Updates task.

  6. In the Apply Updates properties pane, expand Required, click Categories, and then select the category of software updates that you want applied to the compute nodes: Critical or All. If you do not want to apply a category of updates to the nodes, select None.

  7. To optionally specify particular software updates to apply to the compute nodes:

    1. Expand Optional, select the Updates, and then press ENTER.

    2. In the Software Update dialog box, type or paste the update name for each specific software update that needs to be applied.

      noteNote
      If you ran the Pending Software Updates diagnostic in Step 1, the test result lists all of the pending software updates for the cluster. You can copy the name of each update that you want to add to the template, and then paste it in the Software Update dialog box.

  8. In the Node Template Editor dialog box, click Save.

To add and configure the Apply Updates task in a new node template

  1. In Configuration, in the Navigation Pane, click Node Templates.

  2. In the Actions Pane, click New.

  3. Follow the steps in the Create Node Template Wizard to specify a template name and select a deployment type.

  4. On the Specify Windows Updates page, select either or both options for the Apply Updates maintenance task that will be added to the node template:

    • To install critical or all available Microsoft updates, select Include a step in the template to download and install updates using Microsoft Update or the Enterprise Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

    • To apply specific updates, select Add specific updates to the template, and then type or paste the update name for each specific software update that needs to be applied.

  5. To generate a node template with these settings, on the Review page, click Create.

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