Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Evaluation

Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 is a shared resource computing technology that delivers low cost shared computing primarily for educational environments
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    3.5 GB

      Windows® MultiPoint Server 2012 is the third version of a Windows product primarily designed for educational institutions that allows multiple users to simultaneously share one computer. Users have their own independent and familiar Windows computing experience, using their own monitor, keyboard and mouse directly connected to the host computer. Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 enables more users to access technology at a lower total cost of ownership.

      Designed for non-technical users, it is simple to manage and use. Based on the latest Windows technology it can run the latest Windows applications. Support can be obtained through Microsoft or an authorized partner, and schools have access to the latest updates with the confidence that they are getting the experience they expect.

      Alternate Download Location: If you are having difficulties downloading from the download center, alternate mirror copies of WMS are kept here on the MS Connect Site. Choose the Connect "Download using File Transfer Manager (FTM)" option as it will better tolerate network interruptions.
  • Supported Operating System

    Windows MultiPoint Server 2012

      Minimum base PC system running RDSH (formerly “Terminal Services”) desktops (supporting up to 4 lightly loaded stations):
      • Dual Core Processor and 1 core or thread for each two stations
      • 2 GB Memory and 0.5 GB of memory per station
      • 20 GB disk space

      PC system running Virtual Machine-based virtual desktops (full Windows 7 / 8 instances):
      • CPU:
        • SLAT
        • 1 core or thread per station (multimedia-360p) or ½ core or thread per stations (productivity). (For example, a 4 core CPU with hyperthreading is 8 threads.)
      • STORAGE:
        • Solid State Drive (SSD)
        • Capacity: 20GB/station + 40GB for the host operating system
        • Random R/W IOPS: >= 3K/station
      • RAM: 2GB/station + 2GB for the host operating system
      • GPU: DX11

      Per station:
      • Monitor (attached to corresponding video output), USB hub with attached keyboard and mouse, or thin/zero client

      Overall system performance is affected by the number of logged on stations and their workload.
      You have 180 days to evaluate this software. The premium evaluation version can be turned into a full production version by entering in your purchased key or VL agreement, so there is no need for re-installation. Note: If you wish to go to the standard version, a reinstallation is necessary.

      Getting Started:

      You'll need a video output and monitor, USB hub, and USB keyboard and mouse for each station you will setup.

      1. Create an installable DVD
      2. After you have downloaded the .ISO file, if you are using Windows 7 or above you can do this by right clicking on the .ISO file and choosing Burn to Disk.

      3. Connect Station Hardware
        For direct video attached stations, ensure that each station has a monitor, USB hub, keyboard and mouse connected to the host Windows MultiPoint Server (WMS) computer.
        If you are using USB Video Devices for stations, connect these after the WMS installation completes and you have installed the appropriate third party USB video drivers.

      4. Install
        Start the computer on which you are installing MultiPoint Server using the DVD, and then install WMS 2012 as you would install Windows Server 2012, selecting the appropriate partition on which to install and answering typical installation questions. When you are prompted for a product key, type the following:

      5. Upon reboot you will receive an error message indicating that WMS has detected that only the generic graphics driver has been installed.
        Follow the instructions in the message to install the specific driver for the graphics hardware of your system.
        If you are using USB Video adaptors, install the appropriate third party drivers.
        Be sure to install any required third party USB Video device drivers prior to plugging in the USB Video device. Refer to the instructions provided with the device for more details.
        Ensure that the desktop is extended to all attached screens. Reboot.

      6. Explore
        Logon to a station as Administrator and run MultiPoint Manager to create user accounts for your station users. At the start screen type “MultiPoint” and select MultiPoint Manager.

      7. Change languages
        MultiPoint Server 2012 is a multi-language aware product. To try MultiPoint Server in other languages do the following:
        • On the computer running MultiPoint Server, from the Control Panel, click Add a language, and then click add a language.
        • Click the language you want to add.
        • On the Change your language preferences dialog, click Options, and then select Download and install language pack.
        • Follow the on-screen instructions to install the language pack.
        • When the installation has completed, on the Change your language preferences dialog, click Options for the language you just installed, and then click Make this the primary language.
        • Optionally, you can make the new language the language for all new users. From the start screen type Region, click on Settings., enter. In Region click on the Administrative tab and make the the new language the preferred language for all users.
        • Log off, and then log on again.

      Additional Information


      No Microsoft support is available for evaluating Windows Multipoint Server. Community support is available via the Technet Windows MultiPoint Server forum