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By Greg Shultz Contributor ·
I have an interesting problem that I need to find a solution to.

At one client site, I have two people who are now switching seats so that one person can perform a particually intensive task on the computer hosting the network-based application.

The computers are networked, but the application is DOS-based and there are serious latency issues when running this particular task over the network. Thus the seat switching...

Installing the application on each computer isn't feasable, because the data on the host computer is also being accessed by several other users on the network.

Of course, the seat switching is very inefficient even though the cubicles are located right next to each other.

I'm thinking of using a set of KVM switches to allow them to virtually switch seats, but am unsure if it will even be feasable.

I know that I can use one KVM to allow one person to access the other's computer, but am wondering if I can do use two KVMs or combination of a KVM and a Reverse KVM to allow both people to simultatneously use each other's computer.

Anyone encounter this type of problem before? Any ideas?

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by TheChas In reply to KVM Quandary

What you really need is a KVM "X" switch.

I took a quick look at www.blackbox.com

What I found there was there ServSwitch Multi.

http://tinyurl.com/f80m

While a bit pricey, it looks like it would do all you need and more.

Chas

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by Greg Shultz Contributor In reply to

Chas:

Thanks for the quick response!

While the ServSwitch Multi states that any user can access any attached CPU, it's way overkill at 16 users and way out of price range at $1000...

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by TheChas In reply to KVM Quandary

Okay,

Try the Adder SV4Pro from L-com

http://tinyurl.com/3a5mb

According to Adder Technologies, this KVM supports 2 keyboards controlling up to 4 PCs.

Chas

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by Greg Shultz Contributor In reply to

Chas:

I appreciate your efforts, but these types of KVMs are designed to allow multiple users to access the same set of multiple computers. For example, to allow two admins to simultaneously control the same set of servers.

What I need to do is to connect two computers such that the Keyboard/Video/Mouse on computer 1 connect to the CPU on computer 2 while at the same time the Keyboard/Video/Mouse on computer 2 connect to the CPU on computer 1.

To do so, I think that I'm going to need to use two 2-port KVMs or a 2-port KVM and a 2-port Reverse KVM in some combination.

I was hoping to find someone who had run into a similar situation and had found a KVM combination that would would allow this type of configuration.

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by CG IT In reply to KVM Quandary

Also you might consider Kavoom, a software based KVM switch. Might or might not work but take a look and see if can be applied to your problem. http://www.kavoom.biz/

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by CG IT In reply to

note Kavoom is Windows 2000/XP/2003 based software. If your running your DOS based program via a shell this might work, if your running strickly DOS, this won't work. Kavoom does so custom KVM switching stuff but, ta da, it's gotta be real expensive.

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by CG IT In reply to

Joe is right about terminal Services Duh me! AND another avenue I completely forgot about is remote assistance on XP. Then theres PC Anywhere that could be used. All provided that your running your DOS program via a shell and not strictly DOS.

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by Greg Shultz Contributor In reply to

Actually running Windows 98 on both systems and shelling out to a Command Prompt via a shortcut in order to run the DOS application. So both KaVoom! and Remote Desktop are out of the realm of solutions.

In any case, both KaVoom! and Remote Desktop are one way solutions.

I'm pretty sure that PC AnyWhere is a one way solution as well.

What I need is a simultaneous two way solution such that the Keyboard/Video/Mouse on computer 1 connect to the CPU on computer 2 while at the same time the Keyboard/Video/Mouse on computer 2 connect to the CPU on computer 1.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to KVM Quandary

What OS is the machine that runs the DOS app running? If it happens to be Win2K Server or Win2K3, then you could enable Terminal Services, and have the person at the other machine connect over the network via TS. Then in the TS shell, from their desk, they could launch the DOS app.
TS comes with Win2K Server and Win2K3 (and XP Pro), so there would be no extra charge. Just enable it in Remote Admin mode, and hope the DOS app runs OK in the TS shell.

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by Greg Shultz Contributor In reply to

Actually both systems are running Windows 98... so TS wouldn't do the trick...

Can TS be used simultaneously on both systems?

What I need is a simultaneous two way solution such that the Keyboard/Video/Mouse on computer 1 connect to the CPU on computer 2 while at the same time the Keyboard/Video/Mouse on computer 2 connect to the CPU on computer 1.

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