Create a Node Template

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

With a node template, you can deploy an operating system image, add specific drivers and software to compute nodes, add a preconfigured node to your HPC cluster, or apply software updates to your compute nodes. To create node templates, use the Create Node Template Wizard in Configuration.


If you want to create a node template to deploy an operating system image, you will need to create a new operating system image, or load an existing one. For more information, see Node Template Images.

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

To create a node template

  1. In the To-do List, click Create a node template. The Create Node Template Wizard appears.

  2. Follow the steps in the Create Node Template Wizard.


The node templates that you create with the Create Node Template Wizard include the most common deployment and configuration tasks. You can add more tasks to the node templates that you create by using the Node Template Editor. For more information, see Edit a Node Template.

Additional considerations

  • You can copy a node template and then edit the copy that you made. This allows you to efficiently make a new node template based on the task settings of an existing node template.

  • You can import and export a node template by selecting it and then clicking Import or Export in the Actions pane. This option can help you to move templates from a test cluster to a production cluster, without having to create them again. Also, you can export templates to make backup copies of them. Templates are exported as XML files.

  • 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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