Installing Compute Cluster Edition

Applies To: Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition is a 64-bit operating system based in Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition. Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition has been optimized for high performance computing. This means, in part, that certain features that are not applicable for high performance computing have been disabled. In addition, Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition cannot be used as a file or print server. The following table lists the features or applications that do not run on Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition:

Restricted Feature or Application

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2000

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003

Lotus Notes

Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3)

Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000


DB2 Universal Database

Microsoft® Operations Manager (MOM)

Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS)

Microsoft® SharePoint® Portal Server 2001

Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Portal Server 2003

Microsoft® Content Management Server 2002

Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services

Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition is delivered on one of the two CD-ROMs that comprise Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. The installation process is the same as the process for installing Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition.

Installing Compute Cluster Edition

To install Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition, run Setup.exe from the CD-ROM or from the network location where the product media resides.

A second disk volume is required for automated deployment. If you plan to add compute nodes to your cluster using the Automated Addition method, create a second disk volume (D:\) when you install the operating system. This volume will be used by Remote Installation Services (RIS) to store the installation images it creates.


During installation of Compute Cluster Edition, you will be asked how many concurrent connections that you are licensed to allow at one time (default = 5). Failure to enter a large enough number can result in connection failures or denials. Compute Cluster Edition does not require licensing by connection. Provide a value which is larger than the number of concurrent connections to the server that you expect to have (maximum = 9999). You can alter the number of concurrent connections by accessing Control Panel and then clicking Licensing. If you are using any other supported version of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 on the head node, you must comply with the licensing terms of that product.

Configuring the operating system

By running the Active Directory Installation Wizard, you can join the computer to an existing Active Directory domain (recommended) or create a new domain for the cluster. Then, establish a trust relationship between domains as necessary.

In network topology scenarios 1 and 3, the cluster compute nodes access resources on the public network (such as databases and file servers) through the head node. If you have implemented Internet Protocol security (IPsec) in your network environment on one of these topologies, consider making the head node of your cluster into a boundary server. If trust relationships do not exist between the domain where the resources reside and the cluster domain, compute nodes will not be able to access those resources.

Next steps

Installing Compute Cluster Pack on a Head Node

Configuring Network Adapters on the Head Node

Installing Remote Installation Services

Adding a RIS Image

Configuring a RIS Image