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Windows MultiPoint Server - Premium

Windows MultiPoint Server - Premium
  • Donor or Provider: Microsoft
  • Platform: Windows
  • Format: Download
  • Product ID: LVS-46168
  • Title Group: Windows MultiPoint Server
  • Availability: Available

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Windows MultiPoint Server is a shared computing operating system that allows multiple users to simultaneously share one "host" computer. Each user station provides an independent Windows desktop environment and consists of a monitor, keyboard, and mouse connected to a station hub. The station hub connects to the host computer through USB or video cables and uses the host computer's processing capabilities.

This donation includes one Windows MultiPoint Server Premium Edition server license, which supports up to 20 simultaneously connected user stations.

Which Versions of This Software Are Available?

You can choose to download the current version or the previous version of this software. You can find out which version is the current one in the Microsoft Title Groups document. In addition, you can download the software in any language that's available.

Benefits for Organizations

You can use Windows MultiPoint Server to

  • Set up and maintain a computer lab, classroom, or other collaborative environment without server administration experience or a dedicated IT staff
  • Save energy, simplify maintenance, and lower expenses by operating a shared computing environment
  • Connect aging desktops, laptops, or thin clients as additional user stations by connecting them to the host computer using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over a local area network (LAN)

Major Capabilities

  • Centralized administration: The MultiPoint Manager application allows administrators to set up and manage Windows MultiPoint Server user stations. Administrators can create accounts for an unlimited number of users, who can access their customized desktop and settings by logging in to any user station.
  • User monitoring: The MultiPoint Dashboard application allows nonadministrators, such as classroom instructors or computer lab staff, to monitor and interact with user stations. Dashboard users can view user activity, block users, limit web access, and project their desktop activities to all users. They can also open chat sessions with users and take control of a user's desktop to provide hands-on assistance.
  • System restoration: Disk Protection protects the host computer by discarding changes made during user sessions and restoring the host computer to a "last known good state" after reboot.
  • Shared software: Software programs installed on the host computer can be accessed from any user station, without separately installing the software for each user. (Note that Microsoft Office and other Microsoft programs require a separate license for each user station in a Windows MultiPoint Server environment. Other software manufacturers may have their own licensing requirements for shared computing environments.)
  • Desktop virtualization: Administrators can create Windows client virtual machines to map to MultiPoint stations. These virtual machines can run software that might not be compatible with a 64-bit server operating system.
  • Active Directory support: Windows MultiPoint Server can join an Active Directory domain and also participate in Group Policy and other domain functions.


Windows MultiPoint Server is a special version of the Windows Server operating system. Each user station that connects to Windows MultiPoint Server must have two types of client access licenses (CALs), which are not included with this donation:

  • Windows MultiPoint Server device CAL
  • Windows Server device CAL

These two CALs are available through TechSoup separately or as a single donation (CAL pack for one station). If the host computer is used as a user station and not just for administration, it requires both types of CALs as well.

MultiPoint Server user CALs, as opposed to device CALs, are not available through TechSoup. This kind of licensing would be more costly in a typical MultiPoint Server setup than licensing per device. For example, a setup with 10 user stations would require just 10 device CALs for any number of users. If licensed per user, the same setup would require each user to have a separate license.

Obtaining This Product

Installing this product requires you to download the software from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) and enter a license key. You can download any available version or language for your product.

The license key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for. This quantity is specified in the email you receive from TechSoup after you request this product.

Expect two emails:

  1. When your donation request has been approved, TechSoup will send a message to your organization email address. This email will confirm the number of licenses you have requested and provide information about how to use the VLSC once Microsoft accepts your license agreement. Make sure the organization email that is registered with TechSoup is up-to-date. Visit My Member Profile and verify the address in your active organization profile.
  2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organization to the VLSC. This email will indicate that Microsoft has accepted your license agreement. After you receive this email, you'll be able to follow the steps in the first email you received from TechSoup to obtain your donation through the VLSC.

Software Assurance

Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.

System Requirements

  • For host computer running Remote Desktop Session Host desktops:
    • Dual-core x64 processor for up to four lightly loaded stations; one additional core or thread required for each two stations above four
    • 2 GB RAM for MultiPoint Server; 512 MB RAM for each station
    • 20 GB available hard-disk space
  • For host computer running virtual machine–based virtual desktops (full Windows 7 / 8 instances):
    • Processor: one-half core per virtual machine
    • 2 GB RAM for MultiPoint Server; 2 GB RAM for each virtual machine
    • 100 GB available hard-disk space for host; 5 GB for each virtual machine
    • DirectX 11 graphics display adapter
  • For each station:
    • Monitor attached to corresponding video output, USB hub with attached keyboard and mouse, or thin/zero client
  • Actual requirements depend on system configuration, applications and features that are installed, and number of connected stations

Rules, Eligibility and Restrictions

  • Quantity:
    • Organizations receive an allotment of Microsoft software donations that is reset every two years. An organization's two-year cycle begins with its first donation request after July 27, 2011. After two years, a new cycle begins, and a new allotment is available.
    • During its two-year cycle, an organization can request products from up to 10 title groups.
      • For title groups that contain applications that run on an individual computer (like a desktop or laptop PC) or for license-only title groups (like CALs), there is a 50-license maximum.
      • For server products, there is a five-product maximum, regardless of title group.
    • For further details, see Quantity and Frequency of Microsoft Requests on the Microsoft Donation Program — Eligibility and Allotments page.
  • Budget: Organizations with annual operating budgets of any size are eligible for products in this program.
  • Nonprofits and public libraries only:
    • This donation is available to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation and to public libraries. Public libraries must either have valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database.
    • Public libraries without a 501(c)(3) designation may request Microsoft software donations through this program only for use on public access computers or on computers that are used to directly manage either the public access computers or the library's public access program.
    • Microsoft reserves the right to grant or deny an organization's request at any time, for any reason.  
  • Eligible organization types: The Microsoft Donation Program serves nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit the local community. This could include organizations with the following missions:
    • Providing relief to the poor
    • Advancing education
    • Improving social welfare
    • Preserving culture
    • Preserving or restoring the environment
    • Promoting human rights
    • Establishment of civil society
  • Ineligible organization types: Not all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for participation in the Microsoft Donation Program. Those that are not eligible should visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for Industries for more information about charity licensing; they may still be eligible for discounted software from Microsoft. Ineligible organizations include the following:
    • Governmental organizations or agencies.
    • Educational institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools.
    • Healthcare organizations, including hospitals, healthcare networks, health plans, ambulatory healthcare services, home healthcare and assisted living healthcare organizations, health research organizations, and laboratories. Exceptions include independent nonprofit organizations with the following missions: community, behavioral and women's health clinics; hospices; emergency services; and blood, tissue and organ banks.
    • Professional, commerce, and trade associations.
    • Sponsorships of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances.
    • Fundraising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments.
    • Political, labor, and fraternal organizations.
    • Refurbishers that will be installing the donated software on refurbished computers to be distributed or donated to nonprofits or schools. Please visit the Registered Refurbisher Program.
    • Nonpublic, non-501(c)(3) libraries, including private libraries, school libraries, specialty libraries, armed forces libraries, and libraries in government agencies.
  • Terms of service: Organizations that request Microsoft products must agree to any applicable terms of service.
  • Amendments: Microsoft reserves the right to supplement or amend these eligibility guidelines at any time without notice.
  • Anti-discrimination policy: To be eligible to participate in this program, organizations must attest to the following statement, which certifies compliance with the Microsoft corporate citizenship nonprofit giving antidiscrimination policy:
    My organization does not have a policy or mission of discriminating in hiring, compensation, access to training or services, promotion, termination, or retirement based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status.
    My organization is a religious organization, and any discriminatory practices of my organization are exempt from laws that otherwise prohibit such discrimination.
  • FAQ: For more information about Microsoft's resources for nonprofits and donation program eligibility, see its Nonprofit FAQ.
  • Product distribution:
    • Products will be distributed under this program to qualifying organizations and libraries only, not to individuals.
    • Recipient organizations may not transfer or resell Microsoft products.
    • Microsoft products may not be installed on computers that will be given to or sold to other organizations or individuals, even as part of a charitable program.