One monitor, two users. It sounds great that all you need is to provide a monitor, keyboard, and mouse for each user, but let's face it: Monitors are expensive. With MultiPoint server, you can pair two people with one monitor, working independently (through split screens) or together.
Active Directory integration. You can join the MultiPoint servers to your existing domain and use existing accounts on the domain with the server logins. In addition, as a member of the domain, the MultiPoint server can be controlled through group policies and provide roaming profiles.
Virtual deployments. You can install MultiPoint Server as a virtual machine without having the glut of new infrastructure that virtualization sometimes requires.
Teacher management. A teacher can check in on each station; there's a thumbnail view that allows him or her to see each station (like a security camera setup), then zoom in when a student needs help. With a click of a button, the teacher can block all stations so that the students have to disengage from the computer and focus again on the teacher -- I wish I had that feature in some of the IT courses I've taught over the years. The teacher can also restrict access to certain sites and so forth. (This is basic protection, so you'll want an iBoss parental control unit or some other kind of Web filtering product to really protect your students, library visitors, and so forth.) Students are given personal folders, but they can also bring in a USB storage drive and plug it into their stations for access to their personal data.
Although MultiPoint Server could be a great tool in schools and libraries, I see real value in many enterprise-oriented situations such as labs, in-house training centers, and kiosk stations that workers use to check their schedules and so forth.
This article, "Windows MultiPoint Server 2011: Good for more than just schools," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of J. Peter Bruzzese's Enterprise Windows blog and follow the latest developments in Windows at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.