A place to learn more about Windows MultiPoint Server, directly from the development team.
Zero clients are an inexpensive and convenient way to easily expand the number of stations of your Windows Multipoint Server.
One of the exciting changes of Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 is a new zero client plug-in architecture that can greatly improve the user experience.
Compared to the video graphics extension model of WMS 2011 this:
Note: Even with the 14 zero client limit removed, other factors such as client load, server size and number of USB ports still affect the number of zero client stations a WMS server can support. Refer here for sizing guidelines.
There are two kinds of zero clients:
WMS 2012 Update Rollup 1 (KB2791647) should be installed prior to installing these drivers. It is available now from the Download Center and will eventually be distributed as part of Windows Update.
Three main chip-set manufacturers provide chips for WMS zero clients. You will need different WMS 2012 zero client drivers based on the type of zero client device you have.
Here is an overview of some of the zero client solutions available for WMS 2012:
Drivers are now available for these common devices from OSBASE:
Plugable technology makes DisplayLink based zero clients bundled with the OSBASE technology easily orderable through Amazon.
MCT produces a variety of USB and Network attached WMS zero client devices under their name and a variety of OEMs such as Dell Wyse.
Drivers for the following devices are available from the Connect Download Center.
SMSC provides their chip set to a variety of OEMs who produce zero clients such as Atrust and HP.
SMSC USB Zero Client Drivers for the following devices are available from the Connect Download Center.
SMSC Atrust USB-Over-Ethernet Zero Client Drivers for the following devices are available from the Connect Download Center.
SMSC HP USB-Over-Ethernet Zero Client Drivers for the following devices are available from the Connect Download Center.
Hi, I have a case where I need 2 serial ports on 2 different zero clients. Of course I use some FTDI USB to serial adapters and they work fine. My problem is that I need to find a way to lock the COM port to the zero client, meaning if I start the zero clients in a different sequence at this time the COM port numbers gets scrambled between the stations.
Is there any trick to do that?
Hi, Richard. I've posted a response to your question over on our forum so others can find it as well. social.technet.microsoft.com/.../0d4421f3-68ad-4d05-acbf-0ccfbf38ecbe