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Note: Microsoft no longer offers Windows MultiPoint Server. However, Windows Server now has a MultiPoint Services role that has no limit on the number of users.
Windows MultiPoint Server allows non-technical users to set up a multi-user computing environment, such as a classroom, computer lab, or public access stations, all without the support of dedicated IT staff. The best part is that one central "host" computer does all the work for multiple user stations, reducing the cost and effort associated with maintaining multiple computers.
Charles Brennick is the Founder and Director of Interconnection, a nonprofit that provides high-quality refurbished computers to non-profit and non-governmental organizations around the world. InterConnection has teamed up with TechSoup to help nonprofits, libraries, and refurbishers learn about and implement Windows MultiPoint Server. He offered these step-by-step setup instructions.
Installing Windows MultiPoint Server in Eight Easy Steps
Windows MultiPoint Server is an operating system, and installing it is much like installing Windows 8 on a computer.
Note that these instructions are for Windows MultiPoint Server 2011. The current donated product available through TechSoup is Windows MultiPoint Server 2012, and the specific installation steps may differ slightly between versions.
That's all there is to it! In most of our test installations, setup took less than an hour. So your computer lab, classroom, or public access stations will be up and running in no time.
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by Ariel Gilbert-Knight, Director, Content, TechSoup
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