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Can one add Azure compute nodes to 2008 HPC cluster? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is there a way to add Azure compute nodes to an on-prem 2008 HPC cluster? 

    The Hybrid Setup document doesn't state if it is. 

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-services/cloud-services-setup-hybrid-hpcpack-cluster


    Ayan Mullick Principal Infrastructure Engineer. British Petroleum.


    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 5:33 PM

Answers

  • For using HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP4 bursting to azure, please check this online doc: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg481749%28v=ws.10%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

    There is no in place upgrade support for you from HPC Pack 2008 R2 to 2016, you can refer to this doc: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj945407(v=ws.11).aspx


    Qiufang Shi

    • Marked as answer by Ayan Mullick Friday, September 8, 2017 12:23 PM
    Monday, September 4, 2017 4:29 AM

All replies

  • Hi Ayan,

      HPC Pack 2008 is too old to support Azure. You at least needs HPC Pack 2012 but better with HPC Pack 2012 R2 Update 3.


    Qiufang Shi

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 2:05 AM
  • But here Microsoft says one can add 2008 compute nodes in Azure. 

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg481758(v=ws.10).aspx


    Ayan Mullick Principal Infrastructure Engineer. British Petroleum.

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:47 PM
  • Hi Ayan,

      Could you clarify whether you want "azure nodes" in your HPC Pack 2008 Cluster, or you want "2008 azure compute nodes" in your HPC Pack cluster?

    First, HPC Pack 2008 (v2) is different from HPC Pack 2008 R2 (v3). If you are using HPC Pack 2008 R2 Cluster with SP4, it is possible that you can burst to azure with Server 2008 years ago. But now, azure has already retired Windows Server 2008 according to this announcement: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-services/cloud-services-guestos-family1-retirement


    Qiufang Shi

    Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:15 AM
  • Right. I need to add 'Azure nodes' to my on-prem 2k8R2-SP1 HPC cluster that is running Polysystems jobs, so it can auto-scale-out and scale-down seamlessly on demand.

    If there was a way to add 2k12\16 Azure compute nodes to the existing 2k8R2-SP1 cluster for hybrid auto-scale-out, that would do too.


    Ayan Mullick Principal Infrastructure Engineer. British Petroleum.



    Thursday, August 31, 2017 2:07 PM
  • Hi Ayan,

      I'm afraid 2K8R2-SP1 cluster is not able to "burst" to azure nodes. And this feature starts with HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP4. And HPC Pack 2012 also supports Windows Server 2008 R2, thus it should still serve your application needs. Just want to understand what might block you from upgrading the headnode from 2008 R2 to 2012?


    Qiufang Shi

    Friday, September 1, 2017 1:42 AM
  • Is there a walkthru document on how to enable cloud burst on HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP4?

    If I am upgrading, could I just upgrade to 2016? Is there a walkthru document for the upgrade process and how to configure cloud burst?


    Ayan Mullick Principal Infrastructure Engineer. British Petroleum.

    Friday, September 1, 2017 1:50 PM
  • For using HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP4 bursting to azure, please check this online doc: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg481749%28v=ws.10%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

    There is no in place upgrade support for you from HPC Pack 2008 R2 to 2016, you can refer to this doc: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj945407(v=ws.11).aspx


    Qiufang Shi

    • Marked as answer by Ayan Mullick Friday, September 8, 2017 12:23 PM
    Monday, September 4, 2017 4:29 AM