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High Tech -- a KVM switch and TWO PC's

Well, it's finally happened.

For a short time, I'm the proud owner of two Win 2K Pro computers, connected to a single keyboard and monitor with an IOGear KVM switch, all on the same network.

While one is running some program (and therefore has a response time like molasses) the other can be used. And I can now send IP packets from one to the other, instead of 'pretending' by using 'localhost'.

Ah, what luxury. Now if only my company allows me to keep it.

Have others worked with two platforms? I've 'shared' the disks, to try to get around the "when did I last modify that file, and on which platform?" problem -- I'll only have a single copy of each file, whichever side I access it from.
Permalink AllanL5 
August 23rd, 2005
I'd recommend a second monitor and a program called Synergy. It allows a single keyboard/mouse for 2 systems on 2 monitors.


I used it on my two PCs when I was doing some web service development and it couldn't be beat.

You only have 2 systems? Damn.
Permalink Andy 
August 23rd, 2005
Brilliant! I've noticed that the thing that REALLY takes up useable desk space is the keyboard -- multiple keyboards, if you have multiple PC's. Synergy, by allowing a separate monitor for each PC, but using one keyboard and mouse, lets you continue to monitor conditions on all the PC's, but keep only one keyboard and mouse for all.

A very neat hack. Thanks. Oh, and I really don't have room for all those multiple monitors either, but thanks for the thought.

This is a first for me -- usually I get the 'hand-me-down' systems when the Manager's get upgraded. Recently, we've had a mandate to switch to all XP -- so all our Win98, Win2K, and WinNT platforms are being upgraded. Thus the new platform (while the old one may be taken away).
Permalink AllanL5 
August 23rd, 2005
hey, does the copy and paste to clipboard really work with synergy? that actually one ups a kvm...
Permalink Kenny 
August 23rd, 2005
+2391 for Synergy provided you can get a monitor for each machine.

I'm currently working with a three computer setup using Synergy to tie it together: two Windows XP computers and Mac OS-X. Oh! the endless joy of being able to move my mouse pointer from the Windows screen to OS-X seamlessly as if it's a single machine. Synergy even allows copy & paste between systems. And no messing around with KVM switches.
Permalink JP 
August 23rd, 2005
I've been using Synergy with my PC and Mac at home for quite a few months now. I posted a whole dealie about it a while back. Screw KVM, I can use them simultaneously. :-)
Permalink muppet 
August 23rd, 2005
What's wrong with good ol' Remote Desktop? KVMs are soooo 80s, and Synergy limits you to a single monitor for each machine. RD means that you can either run both machines full screen OR use a dual monitor setup on the single PC, and you can stick the second machine out of the way -- so long as you have power and a network connection you're all set... (Obviously if they're not all Windows PCs it's no use, but as the OP has two Win2k boxes, RD is free...)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 23rd, 2005

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
Joel on Software discussion board.

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