Checklist: Deploy an HPC Cluster (Overview)

The following checklist describes the overall process of deploying a Windows HPC Server 2008 cluster. Each task in the checklist is linked to the section in this document that describes the steps to perform the task.

Task Description

Step 1: Prepare for Your Deployment

Before you start deploying your HPC cluster, review the list of prerequisites and initial considerations.

Step 2: Deploy the Head Node

Deploy the head node by installing Windows Server 2008 and HPC Pack 2008.

Step 3: Configure the Head Node

Configure the head node by following the steps in the configuration to-do list.

Step 4: Add Compute Nodes to the Cluster

Add nodes to the cluster by deploying them from bare metal, by importing an XML file, or by manually configuring them.

Step 5: Run Diagnostic Tests on the Cluster

Run diagnostic tests to verify that the deployment of the cluster was successful.