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Edit a Node Template


Updated: January 13, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2, Microsoft HPC Pack 2012, Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 R2

You can use the Node Template Editor to add deployment, configuration, and maintenance tasks to a node template. Some of these tasks are added to new templates when you create them using the Create Node Template Wizard. You can also use the Node Template Editor to modify the properties of an existing task, delete a task, or change the order in which tasks will run. For more information about each node template task and its properties, see Understanding Node Templates.


If you edit a node template at the same time that nodes are being deployed with that node template, the changes that you make will be implemented immediately after you save your changes, affecting any nodes that are waiting to be deployed with that template. For that reason, before you open a node template for editing, determine if there are any nodes being deployed or waiting to be deployed, and if there are, ensure that none of those nodes use the template that you want to edit.

To edit a node template

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

  2. In the views pane, select a node template.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Edit. The Node Template Editor dialog box appears.

  4. To add a task:

    1. Click Add Task, point to the type of task that you want to add (provisioning, configuration, deployment, or maintenance), and then click a task from the list of available tasks.

    2. After the task is added, set the properties for the new task.

  5. To modify an existing task:

    In the list of Node template tasks, select a task, and then modify the task properties.

  6. To change the order in which tasks will run:

    In the list of Node template tasks, select a task, and then click Move Up or Move Down.

  7. To delete an existing task:

    In the list of Node template tasks, select a task, then click Delete Task.

  8. After you are done editing the node template, click Save.

  • You can use node templates to apply software updates to nodes in your cluster. For more information, see Apply Software Updates.

  • You can copy a node template and then edit the copy you made. This helps you to efficiently make a new node template based on the task settings of an existing node template.

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

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