One of the nice new feature in the upcoming update, SGE 6.2u2, will include a GUI installer. The beta version of the update is available now and I was playing around with the GUI installer. For those who have done automatic installation of SGE in a large cluster will know about the installation config file, but now with the GUI installer it's becoming more straightforward to do mass installation. However, there is still the usual preparation that needs to be done before installation:
1. Create a SGE admin user - not mandatory, but recommended.
2. Copy/install the SGE binaries to all the hosts in the same directory if you're not using a shared directory.
3. Setup passwordless SSH. The GUI installer uses SSH to invoke $SGE_ROOT/util/arch in the remote hosts to get the type of hosts. If your host(s) is listed as "unreachable", that means the installer is unable to execute the command to get the host types. Try running the SSH command manually to see what's wrong.
4. If the SGE directory is not on a shared directory, then after installing the qmaster, you still have to copy the contents in SGE cell's common directory (e.g. if your cell's name is default, it will be $SGE_ROOT/default/common) manually to all the hosts that you are going to install as execution hosts.
Some screen shots of the GUI installer: