Checklist: Deploy an HPC Cluster (Overview)

Updated: August 2010

Applies To: Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

The following checklist describes the overall process of deploying a Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2 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 R2 and HPC Pack 2008 R2.

Step 3: Complete the Deployment To-do List

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

Step 4: Validate your Environment Before Deploying Nodes

If you will be deploying nodes from bare metal, run a set of diagnostic tests to identify common problems that can affect node deployment.

Step 5: Add Nodes to the Cluster

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