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Windows MultiPoint Server

What is Windows MultiPoint Server?

Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 addresses the problem of affordability by giving each student his or her own station with a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse; these stations are then connected to a single computer and share its processing power.

 

The teacher monitors and manages the learning experience of every student from his or her central station, extending the ability to guide classroom activities or help students individually.​

 

Windows MultiPoint Server (WMS) virtualizes Windows on each connected monitor and supports multiple users at the same time, each working independently using their own monitor, keyboard and mouse. There are currently two versions of Windows MultiPoint Server – a Standard Edition that hosts up to 10 stations, and a Premium Edition that hosts up to 20 stations. Microsoft has a very clear language description of how a Window MultiPoint Server environment works.

 

What are the benefits in using MultiPoint Server for a computer lab compared to individual computers?

A computer lab or office system using Windows MultiPoint Server is more energy efficient and usually lower cost than using individual computers. A MultiPoint lab has fewer initial hardware costs, less ongoing maintenance, and lower software costs. It is an ideal solution for schools, libraries, small nonprofit offices, and computer labs that are on limited budgets. 

 

What are hardware recommendations for MultiPoint Server?

Windows MultiPoint Server requires a host computer with 64-bit processor, with sufficient processing power (CPU) and memory capacity to meet the performance demands of the number of simultaneous users and applications used.  The minimum computer specifications are a 2 GHz (or higher) dual-core x64 processor, 2 GB RAM and 32 GB available hard-disk space.

 

The more stations the MultiPoint Server system has to serve, the more RAM it needs, and we also advise using a more powerful host computer if possible like a Core 2 Quad, or Core i3,  or Core i5, or Core i7 processor. Refurbished host computers run a Windows MultiPoint Server environment very well

How can I get Windows MultiPoint Server?

Windows MultiPoint Server software is ordinarily available through academic or commercial volume licensing. Cost depends on the version purchased, either Standard or Premium, and on the license type, either Academic or Commercial. 

 

We, at District Computers, are able to sell this commercially through an OPEN Volume License Agreement or to academic institutions through a specially priced Academic OPEN Volume Licensing Ageement.

 

Contact us now at cloud@districtcomputers.com or call us at 202-558-5483, opt 4 to purchase or get a quote today.

What Windows MultiPoint Server Licensing Do I Need?

The licensing for Windows MultiPoint Server is a bit complicated. Both MultiPoint Server  Standard Edition and Premium Edition requires a server license for the host computer.

 

Each user station that connects to MultiPoint Server must have two types of client access licenses (CALs): a MultiPoint Server CAL and a Windows Server CAL. These two CALs, licensed per user station, are available through a commercial or academic volume licensing ageemenr.  If the host computer is used as a user station and not just for administration, organizations need both a MultiPoint Server CAL and a Windows Server CAL for it as well.

  Windows MultiPoint Server
Standard
Windows MultiPoint Server
Premium
Licensing

On the host computer: Windows MultiPoint Server Standard

Each station and host computer, if used as a station: Windows MultiPoint Server client access license (CAL).

On the host computer: Windows MultiPoint Server Premium

Each station and host computer, if used as a station: Windows MultiPoint Server client access license (CAL).

Differentiation
  • No domain join supported
  • Maximum of 10 simultaneously connected stations*
  • Domain join supported
  • Maximum of 20 simultaneously connected stations*
Volume Licensing – Academic N/A

Server
– $115

 

CAL

 

(with Windows Server CAL)#
– $29

 

(without Windows Server CAL)#
– $22

 

Pricing quoted is from Microsoft Volume Licensing, Open Corporate NL ERP in USD.

 

Please contact District Computers reseller for exact pricing.

Volume Licensing – Open Commercial

Server
– $330

 

CAL

 

(with Windows Server CAL)#
– $139

 

(without Windows Server CAL)#

– $110

 

Pricing quoted is from Microsoft Volume Licensing, Open Corporate NL ERP in USD.

 

Please contact your District Computers for exact pricing.

Server
– $817

 

CAL

 

(with Windows Server CAL)#
– $139

 

(without Windows Server CAL)#
– $110

 

Pricing quoted is from Microsoft Volume Licensing, Open Corporate NL ERP in USD.

 

Pease contact your District Computers for exact pricing.

Hyper-V Capability Not supported 1+1 licensing model

How do I install MultiPoint Server?

Windows MultiPoint Server is a Windows Operating System and is much like installing Windows on a computer.  The software is ordinarily downloaded from the Internet and burned to a CD or loaded on a flash drive.

What software can I run on MultiPoint Server?

MultiPoint Server will run 32-bit software applications. If multiple users will access the software it will require a volume license or open license. If the software is assigned to the computer, such as antivirus software, it does not require a volume license. One must read the licensing agreement to determine its licensing type.

 

In the case of Microsoft Office, only specific versions of Office will run on a Windows MultiPoint Server system. The are:

  • Office Standard 2010
  • Office Pro Plus 2010
  • Office Standard 2013
  • Office Professional Plus 2013

What access devices can I use with MultiPoint Server?

Each client station uses an "access device" that connects to the host computer. Each access device allows to have their own monitor, keyboard, mouse, and often headphones. Access devices are essentially small boxes that house all the connectors.

 

They often connect via USB cables, but some of them can connect using Ethernet cable. It is also possible to connect them to the host computer using video cables that plug in to a special video card on the host computer that has multiple plug-ins. Older computers (laptops or desktops) can also be used as thin client type access devices in a Windows MultiPoint Server environment. There are many manufacturers of access devices and they range in cost from around $50 on up.

Deployment Guide

Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Deployment Guide
Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Deploymen[...]
Microsoft Word document [295.5 KB]
Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Datasheet
Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 datasheet[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]

School Case Study (2011)

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