Capture the Image of an Existing Node
Updated: January 13, 2014
Applies To: Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2, Microsoft HPC Pack 2012, Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 R2
You can capture the image of an existing node, and then use that image to deploy other nodes. For example, if you are going to deploy several nodes on your cluster, you can start by deploying only one node at first, configure that node by installing software updates or adding programs, and then capture an image of that node so that it can be used as a base image for deploying the other nodes.
When you capture the image of a node, Microsoft® HPC Pack on the node is first removed, and then the operating system on the node is generalized by using the System Preparation Tool that is available in Windows Server (Sysprep). After the operating system on the node is generalized, the image of the node is captured and it is added to the image store on the head node. The image can then be used for node deployment.
For more information about what happens when the operating system on the node is generalized, see What is Sysprep?.
To capture the image of an existing node
In Configuration, in the Navigation Pane, click Images.
In the Actions pane, click Capture Image. The Capture Image dialog box appears.
To select the node from which you want to capture the image:
Click Select Node. The Select Node dialog box appears.
On the list of nodes, click the node from which you want to capture the image, and then click OK.
Type a name for the image.
To start capturing the image, click Create Image.