Step 2: Create a Local Windows User Group on the Head Node

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008

You can partition your cluster for different user groups by setting user permissions on job templates.

You can use Active Directory groups to specify permissions in your job templates. You can also create user groups that are specific to your cluster by adding Active Directory users to a local Windows user group on your head node.


For Active Directory users to be able to submit jobs to the cluster, they must be part of a group that has been added to the list of Users on the head node. Note that the Domain Users group is added as an HPC cluster user during installation. For more information, see Add or Remove Users and Administrators.

The following procedure describes how to create a local Windows user group on your head node called “Developers”.

You must have administrative permissions on the head node to complete this procedure.

To create a local Windows user group called “Developers”

  1. On the head node, click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Manage.

  2. In Server Manager, expand Configuration.

  3. Expand Local Users and Groups, and then click Groups.

  4. Create a new group as follows:

    1. In the Action pane, click More Actions, and then click New Group. The New Group dialog box appears.

    2. In Group Name, type Developers.

    3. Click Add. The Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box appears.

      Note: Ensure that the location that is specified is a domain name and not the name of the local computer.

    4. Type the user names of the domain users who you would like to add to this group. After you are done typing the user names, click OK.

    5. To create the new group, click Create.

    6. Click Close.

Continue to Step 3: Use Job Templates to Partition a Group of Nodes for a Group of Users.