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For H-sphere, get servers without any CP, install H-sphere (it's very easy or psoft support will install it for you) and be off and running. As you grow and need to add servers, it is a very simple matter to add them to your H-sphere cluster. You will still be managing all your servers from one Admin control panel.
Originally posted by Mfjp A plain OS install with packages specifically skipped is need to install Hsphere. If the OS is tainted to start, it would become a huge problem later down the road.
We run an H-sphere cluster now and it does indeed install properly on a normal install of the supported OS's. What you need to do is exclude certain packages from being updated after the install so certain components that H-sphere relies on are not overwritten.
The instructions provided by Psoft for preparing a server are very clear and easy to follow.