Windows Multipoint Server 2012 is a special version of Windows Server 2012 that enables schools and universities to create a lower-cost computing room while providing a complete Windows experience for each user.
The advantage of this solution lies in the fact that everything happens on the server. Which means that you need "only" a powerful server to implement this solution in a classroom.
Here is a short presentation video of this solution by Microsoft with different types of client stations :
With Windows Multipoint Server 2012, every student :
With Windows Multipoint Server 2012, the teacher :
Source : Getting Started with MultiPoint Services | Microsoft Docs
Other advantages :
Source : Common MultiPoint Services Usage Scenarios | Microsoft Docs
This solution requires the purchase :
Since this solution is based on Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (TSE), you will also need to purchase CAL keys for each user station (including the user station used by the teacher) and use VL (Volume Licensing) versions for the programs that will be installed on the server.
For example : Microsoft Office must also be installed in VL version and not in retail version (box version) if you want to install it on this type of server.
Source : Manage Client Access Licenses | Microsoft Docs
Then, be aware that Microsoft limits the number of stations connected consecutively to 20 for the Premium Edition and 10 for the Standard Edition.
For client stations, you will have different possibilities :
Note that it's obviously possible to mix these different possibilities.
Source : MultiPoint Stations | Microsoft Docs
Except if the manufacturer of thin clients or zero-clients that you would like to use indicates that this is not possible for its thin clients or zero-clients.
For example : Dell states that you can not mix Dell Wyse E00, E01, and E02 USB and Ethernet zero-clients. These clients will have to be connected either by USB or Ethernet.
Source : Dell - Guide d'information rapide - wyse-1010_setup guide_en-us.pdf
Thin clients and zero-clients are proposed by Atrust, Dell Wyse, HP, Ncomputing, ...
If you want to connect the client stations directly to the server, you will need :
As you can see in the diagram above, each user will have a screen, a keyboard, a mouse and an USB hub (to connect a USB key, for example). But, these users will not have a computer as such as everything is managed by the server.
For the primary station (used by the teacher), Microsoft recommends using this type of connection, because this will allow the teacher to see any error messages that would appear when starting the server or starting Windows.
This will also allow the teacher to access the computer BIOS, if necessary.
Zero-clients are small boxes that have been created to connect many clients to a Windows Multipoint Server.
Thanks to these boxes, all user devices will be connected to a single box that will itself be plugged into USB or RJ45.
Tip : prefer USB zero-clients for better performance and for better responsiveness (especially for moving the mouse).
Si vous souhaitez acheter des zero-clients pour créer vos stations utilisateurs, voici une liste non exhaustive de fabricants qui en proposent :.
If you want to buy zero-clients to create your user stations, here is a non-exhaustive list of thin clients manufacturers : Dell Wyse, Ncomputing, Atrust and HP.
For more information on thin clients and zero-clients, see our full article : Informations about thin clients, zero clients, and used protocols
Note : dans notre cas, nous avons testé cette solution Windows Multipoint Server avec un zero-client de type RJ45 : Dell Wyse 1010 zero client
Note : in our case, we tested this Windows Multipoint Server solution with a RJ45 zero-client : Dell Wyse 1010 zero client
Since this solution works through Remote Desktop Services (TSE), it's quite possible to connect thin clients or fixed PCs to the server using the RDP protocol.
However, this will require additional configuration of these clients to automatically connect to the Windows Multipoint Server (WMS) when the client system starts (Windows or other proprietary OS).
Tips : if you need graphics performance on endpoints, prefer thin clients that support RemoteFX technology.
As you can see in the video below, this technology allows used thin clients to get very good graphics performance:
For more information about these types of user stations, visit Microsoft : MultiPoint Stations | Microsoft Docs
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