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Adding Nodes

To run virtual machines, you need to add hypervisor nodes. These are the physical servers which run the virtual machines themselves. You can have as many hypervisor nodes as you like, but must have least one router node.

Required information for each node:

  • IP address on the node network.
  • MAC address of the NIC for which PXE booting is enabled (this should be connected to the node network). This is required for router nodes only.

To add a node:

  1. Log in to the UI at http://<IP Address> using the login credentials set for the initial user during installation.
  2. Show the Admin page by clicking the Admin link in the page navigation menu.
  3. Click on the Nodes tab.
  4. Click the Create button on the Compute Nodes widget.
  5. Enter the following information:
    • Management IP: the IP address for your first compute node (increment the last octet by one for each additional node).
    • Windows Host Name: the hostname that you want to give the node.
    • Windows Domain Username: the domain username for the domain administrator.
    • Windows Domain Password: the domain password of the domain administrator.
    • MAC Addresses: the MAC address of the NIC for PXE booting, connected to the node network. This is required for router nodes only.
    • Node Type: either hypervisor or router.
    • Leave all the remaining fields as defaults. More details on them are available from Managing Nodes.
  6. Click the Create button.

By default, once a hypervisor node has been added successfully, it will show in 'Maintenance' state on the Nodes tab. This is so virtual machines are not automatically starting up on a new node. To set it to 'Running' state, manage the node. For more information, see Managing Nodes.

Adding an IP Pool

Next, add the IP Pool that you wish virtual machines to use. In this example we will be using

  1. On the Admin page, click on the Networks tab.
  2. Click the Create button on the IP pools widget.
  3. Enter the following details:
    • Start IP Address: (example).
    • Mask: 24 (example).

      The maximum recommended value for the Mask is 29. This is to prevent the creation of subnets containing too few IP addresses.

    • Use Mode: VLAN.
  4. Click the Create button.

    Hyper-V currently only supports VLAN mode. You will also need to add a router node at this point, please see Adding Router Nodes for more information.

Adding Storage

Next, add the Hyper-V storage details. 

  1. On the Admin page, click on the Storage tab.
  2. Click the Create button on the Storage units widget.
  3. Enter the following information:
    • Storage Unit Name: the required storage unit name.
    • Type: Windows File Server
    • Domain Name: the name of the domain the machine will provide storage to.
    • File Server IP: the internal IP address of the fileserver.
    • File Server User: the domain username of the domain administrator.
    • File Server Password: the domain password of the domain administrator
    • Share Name: the name of the shared folder on the storage gateway.
  4. Click the Create button.

The platform is now ready to accept new virtual machines. To create and run a virtual machine, see Creating and Running Your First Virtual Machine.
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