Archive for Multipoint

Joining MultiPoint Server to SBS 2011

One of the hidden gems of the Microsoft Server family is MultiPoint.

Think of it as a Term Server with wizards and a console dashboard (similar to SBS or WHS) that makes implementation and management of the server a breeze. But it’s so much more. It’s perfect for classroom scenarios, or for a training room, or as a solution in a business environment.

So, the question is: how does one join a MultiPoint server to an SBS 2011 domain?

Fortunately, Marina Roos (SBS MVP ) has written an excellent set of instructions (click here) with screenshots on exactly what to do .

Her article addresses three primary steps:

  • Add a registry key on SBS 2011
  • Create the RDP file for users
  • Create a GPO that will push the RDP file to the user’s desktop

Be sure to check out Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 on Microsoft’s website.

TechEd 2012 Thoughts

A008 (Large)s a Microsoft MVP for Small Business Servers and a Small/Medium Business (SMB) I.T. consultant, the conferences, seminars and user groups that I routinely attend or speak at are usually geared for the SBS/SMB marketplace. And that’s all great!

So to have an opportunity to attend and work at Microsoft’s TechEd North America conference (7,000+ attendees) this week was a huge thrill and honor for me.

002 (Large)I had a chance to meet, interact and speak with I.T. professionals  representing everything from large financial and commercial companies to colleges and universities.

The convention floor was jammed pack with vendors and presenters. I have done my share of “manning a booth” at conferences but this was amazing.

I understand that it took 3 weeks to set up the hundreds (if not thousands) of workstations that were available for use.

I was asked to facilitate two of the TechEd’s Birds of a Feather sessions. The first was on Advanced Architecture for Microsoft Sharepoint 2010, and the second was on Windows Multipoint Server Deployment.


TechEd 2012 Multipoint Presentation

What a busy week it has been at TechEd here in Orlando. A lot of walking!!!

Today I facilitated a second Birds of a Feather session on “Windows MultiPoint Server Deployment” – MultiPoint Server brings back the concept of thin computing. Have you seen issues with IP addresses, USB devices, or accessing accounts and files? Bring your issues and compliments. How well does MultiPoint fit into the workplace?

The audience was sparse for this topic, but we still had a great opportunity to talk and dialog.


Click on the image above to view the entire video of this session.

Multipoint Classroom Video

Here is a very good (under 5 minute) video from a secondary school in the Czech Reoublic discussing the features of Microsoft’s Windows Multipoint Server!