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Can I operate a HPC cluster as a Hyper-V host for multiple virtual machines? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Can I operate a HPC cluster as a Hyper-V host for multiple virtual machines?

    What I'm looking for is to run multiple Hyper-V Virtual machines on a cluster so that it can take advantage of the processing power of ALL the machines in the cluster.

    Can anyone advise or provide some information?

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:24 AM

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  • Dear Ervin,

     

     There is no good automated way at the moment to install Compute nodes in a cluster automatically with Virtual Machines on them - required is some level of manual intervention.

     If you cluster is not large, I would suggest the following:

     

    1) Install / Configure your head node

    2) install Server 2008 R2 on your Compute Node (the physical machine)

    3) install Hyper-V on your Compute Node and start up as many VM's as you requre on the Server

    4) Install HPC (as a compute node) on each of the VM's (the VM's will need to be in the same domain as the Head Node) - during the pre-deployed compute node setup you will have to enter the head node name

    5) The VM's will show up as unapproved nodes in the Cluster Manager UI

    6) Add the Compute Nodes to the cluster using a NON-OS Template

     

    Hope this helps,

    Mark

    • Proposed as answer by Mark Staveley Tuesday, April 19, 2011 3:59 PM
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:21 PM