Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Control multiple machines with one keyboard and mouse

Previously I've solved this scenario by utilising a very useful tool called Synergy. It's development has waned somewhat in recent years though, and with the advent of the new Windows 7 operating system it was time to look for another solution. I'm happy to say though that Input Director does the trick very nicely. It's powerful and yet very easy to configure and worked immediately with no issues on Windows 7.

If you've got more than one machines that you want to be able to control with the one keyboard and mouse then this is ideal. I have the scenario where I have a desktop with two monitors and a laptop next to it with a single monitor attached.

I can now have all three in a row and use the desktop or push the mouse off the side of the middle monitor and it immediately appears on the laptop connected screen on the right. It supports machine configurations of screens and really allows some easy use of multiple machine/screen setups.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

WSS & MOSS

I've spent the last 2 weeks obtaining my MCTS in WSS and MOSS Configuration. Very interesting to get to grips with the architecture and seeing how the WSS platform fits into the Microsoft offering. There seem to be so many products now that either tie into WSS or actively require it.
The next version of Sharepoint will no longer be known as Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS), but will revert to the old name of Sharepoint Server. My understanding is that this is to help retain the separation between the WSS product and Microsoft Office.
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical preview is already around and brings some great interface improvements and features. The only problem is that to take advantage of all these neato enhancements you have to have the latest versions of Office, WSS and Exchange. It's tough being in IT when there's not much money available in the budget but you want to implement new systems...