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Cluster using Windows HPC Server 2008 HELP PLZZ!!! RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I'm having some problems trying to deploy a "Cluster on Windows HPC 2008 boxes", the problem is that I have 2 boxes (those will be: one head, the other one compute node), following the steps in https://technet.microsoft.com/es-es/library/cc719006(en-us).aspx, I realized that the boxes involved are not "Windows HPC Server 2008" since that windows has not the "Failover Cluster Feature" to be installed, am I right? I mean to create an HPC Cluster I need to use Windows 2008 enterprise instead of Windows HPC 2008 and then I have to install the HPC pack to the enterprise boxes ?

    Help plz !!

    thank you !

    Mike.

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 6:46 PM

Answers

  • I think you guys are confusing Windows HPC Server Compute Clusters with Microsoft Failover Cluster product.  Windows HPC Server clusters can be built on the x64 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, or HPC Edition of the OS.

    Failover clusters provide redundancy for File, Print, or other servers.  Compute Cluster are designed to perform parallel computation.

    Mike, the article you originally posted is actually for the combination of these two scenarios: This is the case where you have a large Compute Cluster and need it to be highly available, so you can configure two Head Nodes in a Failover Cluser which then front ends the compute cluster.

    If your goal is simply to setup a small HPC cluster, then you don't need to work about Failover Clustering.

    THanks,
    JOsh


    -Josh
    Friday, March 27, 2009 6:10 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    As is the norm with any cluster set-up, you have to make sure your hardware is compatable.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/cc719013.aspx#BKMK_hardware

    As I understand it, you can run a two node cluster with server 2008 but need enterprise or datacenter 2008 for more than 2 nodes.

    Regards,

    Chalkie


    Chalkie
    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:08 PM
  • Thanks Chalkie, then I don't need Windows 2008 HPC  Edition boxes installed from scratch.. but I need enterprise or datacenter 2008.. and then apply them the HPC Pack.. right ?..

    I wonder if that's the "Windows 2008 HPC Cluster" I'm trying to create..

    Mike.

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:11 PM
  • Hi Mike,

    Have a look at the following link, specifically file and print server clusters. 

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&displaylang=en

    You need enterprise or datacenter 2008, correct :-)

    Regards,

     


    Chalkie
    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:32 PM
  • I think you guys are confusing Windows HPC Server Compute Clusters with Microsoft Failover Cluster product.  Windows HPC Server clusters can be built on the x64 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, or HPC Edition of the OS.

    Failover clusters provide redundancy for File, Print, or other servers.  Compute Cluster are designed to perform parallel computation.

    Mike, the article you originally posted is actually for the combination of these two scenarios: This is the case where you have a large Compute Cluster and need it to be highly available, so you can configure two Head Nodes in a Failover Cluser which then front ends the compute cluster.

    If your goal is simply to setup a small HPC cluster, then you don't need to work about Failover Clustering.

    THanks,
    JOsh


    -Josh
    Friday, March 27, 2009 6:10 PM