An Intern’s Guide to Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

Hey all!

As you can probably tell from my Live ID, I am not Dean Paron or James Duffus. My name is Livi Erickson, and I am a Program Manager intern on the WMS team. Since this is my first time writing a blog post for the TechNet blogs, I thought I'd give a brief introduction:

I am a second semester junior majoring in Computer Science (with a minor in math) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. I've lived in Virginia my entire life, up until last summer when I spent my summer vacation as an Explorer Intern on the MultiPoint team here on the West Coast. My experience last summer was so amazing, I came back as a "full time" intern this summer, and for the past 4 and a half weeks have been doing everything from writing specs to blog posts and managing the official WMS Twitter account (@msmultipoint).

I'm writing this particular blog post in regards to a PowerPoint presentation that I threw together about how to set up Windows MultiPoint server. It's a very basic set up, but as someone who has now had to set up 4 or 5 test machines over the past year, I think it might be useful to see if you are considering testing out your own MultiPoint deployment. The planning and deployment guides get into a lot of great detail, but can be slightly intimidating, so attched to this post is a picture-heavy slideshow on how to go through the steps of setting up a very basic MultiPoint deployment. The hardest part is installing the display drivers, but they can normally be found online as long as you know what kind of graphics cards are in your system.

We're planning on recording a step by step setup video in the very near future, but until then, you all get to enjoy my PowerPoint with pictures taken from my camera phone. (So glamorous is the life of an intern. 🙂 )



Comments (6)
  1. Thanks for the feedback, Will! I will look into seeing what we can do about adding documentation on MultiPoint imaging.

  2. carl says:

    You make it sound s-o-o-o-o easy! I like simple.

  3. Linda says:

    Is it really THAT easy?  Cool.

  4. tish says:

    Thank you – I'm getting ready to deploy 3 stations for our computer lab in the school.  this takes a lot of the anxiety out of the process!

  5. Will Green says:

    Well, I wish I had that document available to me 2 months ago! 🙂

    Still, setting up MPS has proven to be dirt simple, with one caviet that you may want to toss in to your documentation: If you decide to image Multipoint Server for deployment to multiple machines like we have here at CRISTA, make sure you do not install the drivers for any NComputing product, specifically the X Series (since that's what we use here). Apparently, when installing the vSpace software, some changes are made to the Remost Desktop Session Host Server role that prevent the Out Of Box Experience from adding the necessary RDP Connections, which causes the OOBE setup to fail. Rather, you should leave the drivers out of the image, and install them after you image and configure the server.

    Aside from that, this is an awesome, awesome product and we can't wait to roll it out here.


    Will Green

    IT Technician

    CRISTA Ministries / King's Schools

    Seattle, WA

  6. Sein says:

    Hi Livi,

    Please i posted my problem on Technet…/7879431d-1764-471e-9ddc-6a99e8528427

    I will appreciate you help on this….thanks

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