Microsoft® Windows MultiPoint® Server (WMS) 2011 helps reduce hardware and energy costs while providing a simple-to-use, centrally managed infrastructure that enables sharing of computing resources in a classroom, training facility or small business. Microsoft® WMS 2011 — based on Microsoft® Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Pack 1 Standard — is available in two editions:

  • Standard — Supports up to 11 simultaneously connected stations without domain join support
  • Premium — Supports up to 21 simultaneously connected stations with domain join support

Become familiar with key considerations and reference architectures for deploying Microsoft® WMS 2011. Review configurations targeted to the needs of classrooms and training facilities — as well as laboratories, libraries and call centers — and learn about hardware requirements and best practices for implementing Microsoft® WMS 2011. Configurations provided for reference use the following components:

  • Dell OptiPlex™ 990 desktops
  • PowerEdge™ T110 II servers
  • Dell Wyse E00, E01 or E02 devices
  • ATI Radeon™ 6670 and 5670 graphics cards
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS™ 300 graphics cards
  • Standard USB hubs
  • Other supported peripherals

Solution architectures based on the OptiPlex 990 and PowerEdge T110 II platforms offer reliability, high capacity and configurability.

The following information can help you deploy and configure Microsoft® WMS 2011:

  • MultiPoint Server station deployment options — Describes most of the current server deployment methods
  • WMS-recommended hardware components — Describes key features and significant differentiators for Dell platforms
  • Provisioning and deployment considerations — Describes information on server and workstation hardware provisioning, and details what features are important in the station and what software should be deployed
  • General performance recommendations, guidelines and configurations — Describes test configurations and results