Provide Installation Credentials

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

Installation credentials must be provided in order to configure new compute nodes. These credentials will be used when installing the operating system, installing applications, and when adding nodes to the Active Directory domain. Also, these same credentials will be used when running diagnostic tests on the cluster nodes.

For information about using HPC Cluster Manager, see Overview of HPC Cluster Manager.

To provide installation credentials

  1. In the To-do List, click Provide installation credentials. The Installation Credentials dialog box opens.

  2. Type the user name, including the domain (DOMAIN\User), and then the password for the domain user account you will use to deploy compute nodes and to run diagnostic tests.


    The account must be a domain account with enough privileges to create Active Directory computer accounts for the compute nodes. If part of your deployment requires access to resources on the enterprise network, the account should have the necessary permissions to access those resources. If you want to restart nodes remotely using HPC Cluster Manager, the account must be a member of the local Administrators group on the head node. This requirement is only necessary if you do not have scripted power control tools that you can use to remotely restart the compute nodes.

  3. To save the specified credentials, click OK.

Additional considerations

  • To open HPC Cluster Manager, click Start, point to All Programs, click Microsoft HPC Pack, and then click HPC Cluster Manager. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.

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