Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Evaluation
Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 is a shared resource computing technology that delivers low cost shared computing primarily for educational environments
- Windows® MultiPoint Server 2011 is the second 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 2011 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. Unlike other similar solutions on the market, Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 is based on the latest Windows technology and thus can run Windows applications. Support can be obtained through Microsoft or an authorized partner, and schools have access to its full capabilities, the latest updates, and 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.
This download is no longer available on microsoft.com. The downloads below are archives provided by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine from the Microsoft Download Center prior to August 2020.
Operating Systems: MultiPoint Server 2011
- Minimum base PC system (supporting up to 4 lightly loaded stations):
- Dual Core Processor
- 2 GB Memory
- 20 GB disk space
- Monitor (attached to corresponding video output), USB hub with attached keyboard and mouse, or RDP compatible thin client
Overall system performance is affected by the number of logged on stations and their workload. Refer to the Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Planning Guide for more detailed sizing information.
You have an initial 60 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.
The 60-day evaluation period may be reset (re-armed) three times. This action extends the original 60-day evaluation period by up to 180 days for a total possible evaluation time of 240 days.
If you wish to extend the evaluation period, follow the instructions below.
How to manually rearm the 60 day activation grace period
When the initial 60-day activation period nears its end, you can run the Slmgr.vbs script to reset it back to 60 days. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click Start, and then click Command Prompt.
- Type slmgr.vbs -dli, and then press ENTER to check the current status of your activation period.
- To reset the activation period, type slmgr.vbs -rearm, and then press ENTER.
- Restart the computer.
You'll need a video output and monitor, USB hub, and USB keyboard and mouse for each station you will setup.
- Create an installable DVD
- 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.
IMPORTANT: Each station's keyboard and mouse must be connected to its own USB hub. For more information on how to connect stations refer to the setup poster.
Boot off the DVD and install WMS 2011 as you would install Windows Server 2008 R2, selecting the appropriate partition to install on and answering the typical installation questions.
After specifying the password for the administrator account, there will be a slight pause before the Windows MultiPoint Server Configuration wizard starts.
At the end of the installation process, there will be a screen indicating installation completed and that the system needs to reboot.
- 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.
Logon to a station as Administrator and run MultiPoint Manager to create user accounts for your station users.
More detailed installation information is available in the Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Planning Guide and Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Deployment Guide.
No Microsoft support is available for evaluating Windows Multipoint Server. Community support is available via the Technet Windows MultiPoint Server forum