Provide Installation Credentials

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

Installation credentials must be provided in order to configure dedicated on-premises nodes (this does not apply to workstation nodes, unmanaged server nodes, or Windows Azure nodes). These credentials will be used when installing the operating system, installing applications, and when adding nodes to the Active Directory domain.


Windows Azure nodes are supported starting in HPC Pack 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). Unmanaged server nodes are supported starting in HPC Pack 2008 R2 with SP3.

To provide installation credentials

  1. In the Deployment To-do List, click Provide installation credentials. The Installation Credentials dialog box opens.

  2. Type the user name, including the domain (DOMAIN\User), and then the password for the domain user account you will use to deploy nodes.


    The account must be a domain account with enough privileges to create Active Directory computer accounts for the nodes and to join the nodes to the domain.

    If the policies of your organization restrict you from using a domain account that can add new computers to the domain, you will need to ask your domain administrator to pre-create the computer objects for you in Active Directory Domain Services before you deploy your nodes. For more information, see Deploy Nodes with Pre-created Computer Objects in Active Directory.

    If part of your deployment requires access to resources on the enterprise network, the account should have the necessary permissions to access those resources.

    If you want to restart nodes remotely by using HPC Cluster Manager, the account must be a member of the local Administrators group on the head node. This requirement is only necessary if you do not have scripted power control tools that you can use to remotely restart the nodes.

  3. To save the specified credentials, click OK.

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