Step 7: Create a Base Node Image


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

After you deploy the base node and make any necessary changes to it, you can create the image that is used to deploy the iSCSI boot nodes. A base node image is added to the image store on the head node. You can also choose to replicate the image to all the iSCSI storage arrays that you added to the head node.


  • Before following this procedure, ensure that the computer that you deployed as the base node is turned on.

  • The base node must be configured to boot from the network adapter that connects to the private network, because the base node will be restarted and booted into Windows PE, where the image capturing process takes place. You should verify in the configuration of the BIOS of the base node that the private network adapter is the first device in the boot order. If the base node cannot be booted into Windows PE, creating a base node image will fail.

  • The process of capturing the image of the base node can take several minutes, especially if you select to replicate the image to all iSCSI storage arrays. During this period, HPC Cluster Manager will not be available to perform other actions.

  • After the image is created, the base node shuts down, and it moves to the Unapproved state.

To create a base node image

  1. In HPC Cluster Manager, in Configuration, in the Navigation Pane, click iSCSI Deployment.

  2. In the Required iSCSI Deployment Tasks list, under Base node image creation, click Create a base node image. The Create Base Node Image dialog box appears.

  3. Click Select Node. The Select Node dialog box appears, and only nodes that are already deployed on an iSCSI storage array are listed on it.

  4. Select the base node from the list of nodes, and then click OK.

  5. Type a name for the base node image.

  6. Optionally, select the Replicate this image across all iSCSI storage arrays check box. This option copies the image, after it is created, to all the iSCSI storage arrays that you added to the head node.

  7. To create the base node image, click Create Image.

See Also

Steps for Deploying iSCSI Boot Nodes with Microsoft HPC Pack