Supported Configurations

The Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Management Pack can be used to monitor a Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 cluster or a Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 cluster. It cannot be used to monitor a Windows HPC Server 2008 cluster.

The following table details the supported configurations for the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Management Pack:




Windows operating system and Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 installed on the cluster nodes

Supported for cluster nodes that meet the software requirements for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2. For more information, see “Prepare for your Deployment” in the Design and Deployment Guide for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 (

HPC databases installed on remote servers

Supported for remote databases that meet the requirements in Deploying an HPC Cluster with Remote Databases Step-by-Step Guide (

Head node configured for high availability in a failover cluster


  • In a high availability head node environment, the monitors in the management pack for the following services do not work properly because the startup type of these services is set by default to Manual: HPC Diagnostics Service, HPC Job Scheduler Service, HPC SDM Store Service, and HPC Session Service. The services are monitored only when the startup type is set to Automatic. To monitor one of these services on a failover cluster by using the management pack, manually change the “Alert only if service startup type is automatic” option to False on the current active head node. The monitoring tools in Failover Cluster Manager can also be used to monitor the service.

  • In a System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 environment, some Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 events may not be gathered properly from a high availability head node. Events are gathered properly, however, using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.

Broker node configured for high availability in a failover cluster


  • Because the HPC Broker Service is not used on high availability broker nodes (both active and passive), it is recommended that you disable the HPC Broker Service during the installation of high availability broker nodes. If you do this, you should also disable the monitor for the HPC Broker Service in Operations Manager.

  • The Free MSMQ Disk Space Monitor does not work properly in a high availability broker node environment. If you have a broker node configured for high availability, it is recommended that you disable this monitor, or use the MSMQ Management Pack.

Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1

Supported, but Windows Azure worker nodes are not monitored

The following monitors in the management pack will include Windows Azure worker nodes in their calculations: Cluster CPU Usage, Cluster Disk Throughput, and Cluster Network Usage.

Agentless monitoring

Not supported