Windows HPC Server 2008 Getting Started Guide

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

This guide provides basic conceptual information and general procedures for installing a high performance computing cluster using Windows® HPC Server 2008. For detailed deployment information and step-by-step procedures, see the Windows HPC Server 2008 Design and Deployment Guide (


This guide is also available with the installation files for Microsoft® HPC Pack 2008 (HPCGettingStarted.rtf, in the root folder). You can also download a printable version of the Windows HPC Server 2008 Getting Started Guide (

The following information may also be useful when you are getting started with Windows HPC Server 2008:

Sections in this guide

This guide contains the following sections:

Checklist: Deploy an HPC Cluster (Overview)

Step 1: Prepare for Your Deployment

Step 2: Deploy the Head Node

Step 3: Configure the Head Node

Step 4: Add Compute Nodes to the Cluster

Step 5: Run Diagnostic Tests on the Cluster

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