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Ever had 2 PCs with 2 Screens . . but did not fancy messing around with 2 keyboards and 2 mice?

January 20th, 2011 No comments

Sourceforge have written a cracking (and free) tool that will allow you to share one keyboard and mouse between multiple different computers.

Have a look at :

http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

“Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).”

Officially, the following are supported (and you can run any mix of these together)

  • Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me (the Windows 95 family)
  • Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP (the Windows NT family)
  • Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
  • Unix

but I have also managed to get it to work with Windows 7 (as long as the ‘server’ is hosted on the Windows 7 box)

what I particularly liked was the fact that I could copy and paste (both text and images) between desktops . . even when they are running different Operating systems.

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Essential Tools . . FastSCP

January 20th, 2011 No comments

how many times have you had to move a VM from a Datastore on one ESX host to that on another.

Sure – storage migrate is an easy option  . . . if you

a) Have a vCenter

b) Are presenting both sets of storage to an ESX host

and/or c)  are licensed to the correct level.

the solution . . Veeam’s FastSCP.

simple – register at  

http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esxi-fastscp/download.html

Download . . connect to both ESX hosts . . and copy / move away like you’re a Windows GUI user (though of course you’re a geek . . .so you would have preferred to do it from the command line)

Happy Days..

you can add the ESX hosts, or your VC . . or even multiple VC is you have them (I use this to move vmdks between the lab and production . .

Once you’ve added your Virtual Centre(s) – you can simply browse the datastores and copy  files as if you were using Windows explorer.

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