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Synergy

May 3rd, 2010 jmguilla No comments

Use one mouse/keyboard to control several computers

Many people in IT need their workstation to work but also have a laptop lent by their company. If you are in that situation, you have experimented how tedious it is to switch mouse and keyboard when you need to use your laptop when you are working on your workstation. The solution has been brought to you by Synergy, a little software with a server and a client components, which can be used to share mouse and keyboards between several computers. Really easy to use, just install and launch synergys on your workstation, and as many synergyc as you need ( one per client computer of course ). Here is the configuration file I use? It is straight forward to adapt it to your own needs:

section: screens
        slave1:
	tartopum:
end
section: aliases
	slave1:
		192.168.1.20
		slave1.activeeon.com
	tartopum:
		192.168.1.23
		tartopum.activeeon.com
end
section: links
        slave1:
                right = tartopum
	tartopum:
		left = slave1
end

Enjoy!

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DMTF’s CIM and interoperability

April 6th, 2010 jmguilla No comments
Computer administration and Caveats ( how DMTF’s CIM can help )

I had a great exchange with one of co-workers today about interoperability and how Linux OSes are good and far better than Windows OSes. His point of view is that thanks to SSH and the Linux’s shell ( and POSIX ) it is really easy to manage a set of Linux computer. That’s why the Linux community does “many” things for the interoperability sake… Even if I am a Linux fan boy, I can’t join that point of view…

Have you already heard about DMTF? DMTF stands for “Distributed Management Task Force”, presided by Winston Bumpus, who is a core individual @ VMware’s. As you can guess, that group is implied in several initiatives to bring interoperability to administrators. One of the main initiatives is CIM, built to dynamically discover and manage resources. A useful interface… And guess what??? Who is the only OS provider implementing it??? Our dear Microsoft for its Windows products ( shipped by default with Seven, server 2008… ).

Thus, who is doing the most for interoperability?…