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By cgeller ·
At the hosting center where I work, there are times when a server is rebooted via pcAnywhere and there is no mouse or keyboard attached to the actual machine. When work then has to be done locally at the machine, you're forced to use the keyboard only - these are production boxes that can't just be rebooted when we want. Is there any way to obtain mouse functionality given this scenario? Thanks

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by Paul Majestic In reply to Mouseless - again.

If the system has USB ports an ideal solution would be to use a USB mouse b/c they are hot swapable and can be plugged and unplugged while the machine is running and they will work.

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by cgeller In reply to Mouseless - again.

Great idea - and Thanks - but there are no USB ports on any of the servers.

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by dcAdmin In reply to Mouseless - again.

Maybe you could install vnc viewer, it is free and runs as a service, that way you could use a laptop or workstation, start and stop the service when you are local and then use vnc on the local network.

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by cgeller In reply to Mouseless - again.

Thanks for your help - but clients don't want other utilities installed. I'm trying to find a way to "reactivate" what's already there, so to speak.

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by Lo In reply to Mouseless - again.

Humm - I thought PCs wound't boot with no KB?

This sounds so obvious, but ... I don't deal with servers so maybe it's a different world that PCs. Why not put an inexpensive mouse / kb on each server? I know there are space limitations for Computer Rooms. Most have switch boxes for this to share monitor, mouse and kb among serveral systems. I think the box provides 'yes' to queries for monitor, mouse, kb when the system bootes even if the switch is to a different system.

There are PCI - USB boards that will provide USB ports if you OS supports USB, then you can use solution #1.

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by cgeller In reply to Mouseless - again.

Thanks very much for your time, but note the following:
1. They DO reboot with no keyboard (contrary to what I always thought as well) and plugging the keyboard in after the reboot is no problem. The mouse drivers don't load though, if the mouse isn't plugged in.
2. Some areas do have KVM switches, but other areas within the cyber center just have standalone servers. We have a cart with a monitor, etc. when we need to access a server that doesn't employ pcAnywhere.
3. Placing inexpensive extras is not an option with regards to space, etc.
4. Thanks again.

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by uellem In reply to Mouseless - again.

No. I'd be grateful to know if there is a way ... :)

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by cgeller In reply to Mouseless - again.

No takers. Sorry.

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