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Note: Microsoft no longer offers Windows MultiPoint Server. However, Windows Server now has a MultiPoint Services role that does not have the 20-user limit of MultiPoint Server.
With Windows MultiPoint Server, a single computer supports multiple users at the same time, each working independently using their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Anyone refurbishing PCs should know about the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program (RRP). The RRP program supplies very low-cost Microsoft Windows and Office licensing for nearly anyone fixing up used PCs. It is for PC refurbishers in nearly any country and of any size, large or small, that have a business license of some sort. In other words refurbishers are eligible for the program if you're based in schools (public or private and all levels), nonprofits, businesses, or government agencies. There is no cost to register for the RRP program, and there is no obligation to order a certain amount per month. If you're not already using it register for the RRP program.
The RRP program recently added Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Premium to its roster of citizenship licenses. Citizenship licensing offers $6 Windows 7 and Office Basic 2007 for computers that go to schools, nonprofits and charities, libraries, and low-income families anywhere in the world (although Office can’t go to schools). The MultiPoint Server 2011 Premium packages are $30. They include all the licensing needed for a five-station lab - one server license and five Client Access Licenses (CALs). Here is some fine print on using this highly-discounted RRP offer:
Nonprofit refurbisher, Reliatech got their donation from TechSoup to try it out in their telecenters type lab. Find out about their experience here. Another refurbisher, Computer Technologies Program in Berkeley also tried out MultiPoint Server in their lab by participating in some pilot test installations that InterConnection and TechSoup conducted in the fall of 2012. Find out their experience here.
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