Dell EMC OpenManage Essentials Version 2.5 User's Guide

Creating a Compute Pool

You can create a compute pool to group a set of servers for a specific purpose.

To create a compute pool:
  1. Click Deployment. The Deployment Portal is displayed.
  2. Perform one of the following:
    • On the left pane, under Common Tasks, click Create Compute Pool.
    • On the left pane, under Compute Pools, right-click Repurpose and Bare Metal > Create Compute Pool .
    The Create Compute Pool Wizard is displayed.
  3. On the Name and Description page, type a unique name for the compute pool and an appropriate description, and then click Next.
  4. On the Select Template page, perform the following:
    • NOTE: Selecting a template is optional. You can select a template at a later time, either by editing the compute pool or while deploying a server. If you do not want to select a template, ensure that the Select Template for the Compute Pool option is not selected, and then click Next.
    • NOTE: Only templates that you have previously created from a server or cloned are available for selection.
    • NOTE: Templates that are already associated with a compute pool are not available for selection.
    • NOTE: The template you select must be imported from a PowerEdge server with the latest iDRAC firmware installed. The template must include persistence policy attributes that allow the deployed virtual I/O identities to be persistent across reboots.
    1. Select the Select Template for the Compute Pool option.
    2. Select a template from the list and click Next.
  5. On the Select ISO Location page, perform the following:
    • NOTE: If you do not want to provide the ISO location details, ensure that the Boot Compute Pool from Network ISO option is not selected, and then click Next.
    1. Select the Boot Compute Pool from Network ISO option.
    2. Type the ISO file name, IP address and name of the network share in the appropriate fields, and then click Next.
  6. On the Select Virtual I/O Pool page, perform one of the following:
    • If you want to provide the virtual I/O identity attributes manually while deploying the template, click User defined I/O assignment, and then click Next.
    • If you want OpenManage Essentials to automatically assign virtual I/O identities to the servers in the compute pool, click Automatic I/O assignment, select a virtual I/O pool from the list, and then click Next.
  7. On the Select Devices page, select the target devices you want to include in the compute pool from the All Applicable Devices tree, and click Next.
    • NOTE: Only devices in the Repurpose and Bare Metal group that are not members of any other compute pools are available for selection.
    • NOTE: A device that is already included in a compute pool cannot be included in another compute pool.
    • NOTE: Only devices that you select to include in the compute pool are available for stateless deployment.
  8. (Only if you selected a template in step 4) On the Edit Attributes page, select and update the attributes based on your requirement, and click Next.
  9. On the Summary page, review your selections, and then click Finish.
The compute pool that you created is displayed under Compute Pools on the left pane.

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