Got word from the SMBMVPTour Gnome that he spotted Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 premium (aka the domain join version) on the action pack today.

MultiPoint server is now on Action pack | MVP Tour:

TechSoup has it as well.

Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 is a special version of the Windows Server operating system that allows multiple users to simultaneously share one computer. Each user station, typically consisting of a monitor, keyboard, and mouse connected to a station hub, provides an independent Windows desktop environment. The station hubs connect to the single host computer through USB or video cables and use the host computer’s processing capabilities.

Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Premium Edition supports up to 20 simultaneously connected user stations. The host computer also can be used as a station to support one additional user. The Premium edition also supports joining an Active Directory domain if needed, providing users with access to network services.

MultiPoint Server can be useful for organizations or libraries with computer labs, classrooms, or other collaborative environments where using just one computer for several users can save energy, simplify maintenance, and lower expenses. The ability to share a monitor in splitscreen view between two independent users and to connect older machines as stations over a local area network (LAN) provides further cost- and energy-saving options.

MultiPoint Server includes MultiPoint Manager, which allows the primary user to monitor and manage MultiPoint Server user stations. Primary users can create accounts for an unlimited number of standard users, who can access their customized desktop and settings by logging into any station. Primary users also can view full screens of individual users or thumbnail screens of all active users, allowing them to monitor user activity without leaving their station. They can suspend all stations at once or broadcast the desktop of their own or any user’s computer to all other connected user stations.

Other capabilities include the following:

  • Software programs installed on the host computer can be accessed from any connected station, without separately installing the software for each user. (Note that Microsoft Office and other Microsoft programs available through Volume Licensing require a separate license for each user station in a MultiPoint Server environment. Other software manufacturers may have their own licensing requirements for shared computing environments.)
  • Public Documents folders allow users to share information and collaborate on projects, while users’ private folders can be accessed only by the user or the administrator.
  • Traditional desktops, laptops, and thin clients also can act as stations by connecting to the host computer using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over a local area network (LAN). This allows an organization to use existing and possibly older computers as stations without removing those computers’ ability to operate independently (devices connecting over LAN must be licensed in the same manner as other user stations).

This product includes a MultiPoint Server 2011 Premium Edition server license. 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 device (a user station), are available as a single donation through TechSoup (see Related Products below). If the host computer is used as a user station and not just for administration, organizations must acquire both a MultiPoint Server CAL and a Windows Server CAL for it as well.

Individual MultiPoint Server device CALs are also available through TechSoup for users with valid Windows Server CALs. MultiPoint Server user CALs, as opposed to device CALs, are not available through TechSoup since 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 licensed per user, the same setup would require each user to have a separate license.

At the Volume Licensing Service Center, the product key for Windows MultiPoint Server will be listed as Windows Server 2008 R2.

64-Bit Only

MultiPoint Server 2011 requires a 64-bit processor with at least two cores. See System Requirements below for more information.

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