Overview of Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Premium Features
The Premium edition includes all functionality from the Standard edition while also bringing new capabilities and improvements to the product. New features in Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 include:
- • Connect stations and thin clients over LAN, allowing multiple users to use the same computer simultaneously.
- • Added support for RemoteFX capable thin clients.
- • Shared management console extensibility with other Microsoft products such as Windows Small Business Server 2011 and Windows Home Server 2011.
- • Administrators can view and interact with station desktop thumbnails in the following ways:
- - Project a station's desktop to one or all other stations.
- - Lock the keyboard and mouse of a station and display a message on the monitor.
- - Open and close applications remotely.
- - Restrict internet browsing by blocking a list of websites.
- • Support for running Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 within a virtual machine.
- • Hyper-V support. (Premium only)
- • Domain join feature. (Premium only)
Access Installed Applications
Applications and software programs installed on the host computer can be accessed from any connected station without needing to install the same software again. This feature speeds up work and makes it simpler to install required apps without having to worry about matching versions and obtaining multiple copies.
Note: Microsoft Office and similar Microsoft applications that use Volume Licensing still require separate licenses for each user station on your MultiPoint Server. This applies to other software manufacturers as well; make sure to research whether or not the software has any specific licensing requirements for shared computing environments.
In most instances, you’ll be working with more than five or six stations at a time. Depending on the size of your class or group, you may even have more than twenty stations active at a time - this requires a lot of resources to run smoothly from one host computer.
Multi-Server Management allows you to set up multiple host computers, which all manage only a cluster of stations, yet all of these stations can be accessed and managed from any host computer. This splits the resources used to run your MultiPoint server but doesn’t stop administrators from accessing any of the connected stations.
Say goodbye to using complicated third-party applications for screen sharing, and meet the Project feature. You’re able to take the screen of one station and project it onto any or all other stations currently active. This makes it simple to demonstrate tasks and features, work together, watch videos together, show work such as presentations, and much more.
Public Documents Folder
File sharing and collaboration is easy with the Public Documents folder. You're able to share information and files with the other stations connected to the host, allowing you to quickly get files across and collaborate on projects. Everyone can see and access the Public Documents, while each user has the ability to create private folders which can only be accessed by themselves and the administrator.
The exclusively 64-bit functionality is a welcome improvement from previously 32-bit servers. By using a 64-bit architecture, you can address more than 4GB of RAM and vastly improve the performance of your MultiPoint Server. This amongst many things enable your Windows MultiPoint Server to become a much better server, no matter what purpose you need it for.
In the Standard edition, you can have up to 8GB of RAM addressed, however, in the Premium release, this number has been expanded to 32GB. This allows you to make your host computers (and consequently the stations) faster and more reliable.
Note: You need at least two cores to be able to run Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 and meet the minimum system requirements.