[Beowulf] Windows cluster

Egan Ford egan at sense.net
Fri Sep 9 15:10:58 EDT 2005


> How doe users access each node - terminal services?
> 
> Would be interested in access to a 'dummies' guide to 
> establishing a windows
> cluster

I have helped my customers build Windows clusters (one cluster with
thousands of nodes) using xCAT.  The clusters AFAIK are for batch
applications only.

This document (http://xcat.org/doc/windows-HOWTO.html) describes how to
install Windows with support for VNC for remote GUI, sshd for remote
ssh/scp/rsync, and a serial port getty (yes you can login to Windows via a
serial port/terminal server and get a bash prompt).  There is also some help
with auto generating new SIDs.

This document (http://xcat.org/doc/image-HOWTO.html) describes how to use
xCAT with partimage to install the nodes.

The above is not really best practices (not sure if there are any) or a
dummies guide, but may give you a start or some ideas.


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