Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 is a shared computing operating system that
allows multiple users to simultaneously share one "host" computer.
Each user station provides an independent Microsoft Windows desktop environment
and consists of a monitor, keyboard, and mouse connected to a station hub.
station hub connects to the host computer through USB or video cables and uses
the host computer's processing capabilities.
donation includes one Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Premium Edition
server licence, which supports up to 20 simultaneously connected user stations.
Benefits for Organisations
use Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server to:
up and maintain a computer lab, classroom, or other collaborative environment
without server administration experience or a dedicated IT staff
energy, simplify maintenance, and lower expenses by operating a shared
aging desktops, laptops, or thin clients as additional user stations by
connecting them to the host computer using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over a
local area network (LAN)
Centralised administration: The MultiPoint Manager
application allows administrators to set up and manage Microsoft Windows
MultiPoint Server user stations. Administrators can create accounts for an
unlimited number of users, who can access their customised desktop and settings
by logging in to any user station.
User monitoring: The MultiPoint Dashboard
application allows non-administrators, such as classroom instructors or
computer lab staff, to monitor and interact with user stations. Dashboard users
can view user activity, block users, limit web access, and project their
desktop activities to all users. They can also open chat sessions with users
and take control of a user's desktop to provide hands-on assistance.
System restoration: Disk Protection protects the host
computer by discarding changes made during user sessions and restoring the host
computer to a "last known good state" after reboot.
Shared software: Software programs installed on
the host computer can be accessed from any user station, without separately
installing the software for each user. (Note that Microsoft Office and other
Microsoft programs require a separate licence for each user station in a Microsoft
Windows MultiPoint Server environment. Other software manufacturers may have
their own licensing requirements for shared computing environments.)
Desktop virtualisation: Administrators can create Microsoft
Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows 8 client virtual machines to map to MultiPoint
stations. These virtual machines can run software that might not be compatible
with a 64-bit server operating system.
Active Directory support: Microsoft Windows MultiPoint
Server can join an Active Directory domain and also participate in Group Policy
and other domain functions.
Windows MultiPoint Server is a special version of the Microsoft Windows Server
operating system. Each user station that connects to Microsoft Windows
MultiPoint Server must have two types of client access licences (CALs), which
are not included with this donation:
Windows MultiPoint Server device CAL
Windows Server device CAL
CALs are available through Connecting Up separately or as a single donation
(CAL pack for one station). If the host computer is used as a user station and
not just for administration, it requires both types of CALs as well.
Server user CALs, as opposed to device CALs, are not available through Connecting Up.
This kind of licensing would be more costly in a typical MultiPoint Server
setup than licensing per device. For example, a setup with 10 user stations
would require just 10 device CALs for any number of users. If licenced per
user, the same setup would require each user to have a separate licence.
Installing this product requires you to download the software from the
Volume Licensing Service Center and enter a licence key. You can
download any available version or language for your product. Please view this guide for details on how to download products from the Volume Licencing Service Centre.
The licence key allows you to install the product on as many computers
as you have requested licences for. This quantity is specified on the
invoice you receive from Connecting Up after requesting this product. To learn more about obtaining your keys, please visit this guide.
Under the Software Assurance program, you have
the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement
during the term of your coverage.