Step 5: Set Up Remote SQL Server for the HPC Cluster


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

This topic provides information about setting up SQL Server on a server or servers that are separate from the servers that will run the head node of your HPC cluster. You can set up SQL Server on a single server, or on multiple servers in a SQL Server failover cluster.


This topic describes how to set up a remote installation of SQL Server to support a head node in a failover cluster, which is often a recommended configuration. You can use a local installation of SQL Server instead, that is, where your head node failover cluster runs both SQL Server and HPC Pack. To create this configuration, use the same steps as for a remote SQL Server, except that in the procedure that follows, install and configure SQL Server for high availability on the same servers that you will use for the head node failover cluster. Then, when you reach the next topic, Step 6: Install HPC Pack on a Server that Will Run Head Node Services, do not specify a remote SQL Server instance, but instead specify your local SQL Server clustered instance.

Reviewing requirements

Before performing these procedures, review the requirements for SQL Server that are included in Requirements for HPC Pack in Failover Clusters, earlier in this guide.

For a full list of requirements for installing versions of SQL Server, see Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server.

Setting up SQL Server with remote databases for HPC Pack

To set up SQL Server with remote databases for HPC Pack, use the following topics:

Additional references

The following links provide additional information about installation of SQL Server.