Adding a RIS Image

Applies To: Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

In order to use the Automated Addition method of adding compute nodes to your cluster, you must first create a RIS installation image from your operating system media using the Add New Images wizard. You can create as many images as you want. When you create an image, you will enter a descriptive name for image and a name for the folder where it will be stored on a special non-system volume on the head node. When the process is complete, the image will appear by its descriptive name on the Select Image page of the Add Node wizard, where you can select it for remote installation. .

There are two types of RIS images. One type uses an unattended setup answer file (*.sif). This is the type of RIS image used by Compute Cluster ServerĀ 2003. The other type of RIS image file, created with the RIPrep program, is not supported.


Ensure that you include all required hardware drivers in the RIS image. In particular, verify that 64-bit drivers for the network adaptor and other components are included in the image.

To add a RIS installation image

  1. From the Remote Installation Services (RIS) tile of the To Do List, click Manage Images. Then click Next.

  2. On the Before You Begin page, note the actions available to you. Click Next.

  3. On the Choose Action dialog box, select Add new image, and then click Finish.

  4. On the Welcome page of the Remote Installation Services Setup Wizard, click Next.

  5. On the Installation Source Files Location dialog box, enter the drive path or network location of the installation files. Click Next.

  6. On the Windows Installation Image Folder Name dialog box, enter a name for the folder to which the Windows files will be copied. Place each new RIS installation image in its own folder. Click Next.

  7. On the Friendly Description and Help Text dialog box, enter a description of the installation files (for example, Windows ServerĀ°2003, Standard x64 Edition). Click Next.

  8. Review the information that you have entered. If you want to make any changes, click Back to move to the appropriate page and enter your changes. When you are done, click Finish.

  9. After the wizard finishes copying the installation files and performing tasks associated with making the installation image available for use, click Done.

Next steps

After adding a RIS image on the head node, modify it by adding a valid license key and a helpful description of the image. Your next step is to configure the RIS image with a valid license key and comprehensible description.

Configuring a RIS Image