Mixed Hardware Generation Environments

This weekend I had the pleasure of integrating my wife’s IT Infrastructure.  Despite keeping up to date on software, hardware is another story.  The past week she had a request to have a ability to use the same mouse, keyboard and monitor for all the computers she uses, same as I did previously in my data center.  On the surface it seems like an easy request until you look at the various hardware interfaces to deal with: PS/2 mouse; Keyboard, USB Mouse, Keyboard; Wireless Mouse, Keyboard;, VGA, HDMI, and DVI displays.

Trying to find a single solution that was within her budget was a bit challenging, especially the display technology.  Trying to find a KVM switch that accepted HDMI, DVI and VGA was a heartburn; adding multiple Keyboard and Mouse interfaces was the final straw.  The end result was, you can’t get there from here.  The end result to make it simple was to get docking station [Targus USB 3.0 with power] for her laptop, an adapter from the DVI to VGA, DVI to VGA adapter, change to a USB Keyboard and Mouse and a [IOGear VGA / USB] 2 Port Switch.  This morning as I scanned Amazon, I found another option I wish I had seen yesterday DVI / USB KVM would have reduced complexity by having two less adapters.  After a little ruminating about it, I settled down to connect the hardware and validate it’s operation.  This afternoon, I’ll walk Dana through how to operate it and move onto getting Quicken Rental Property Manager up and running.

One the agenda today, if time permits, completing a coffee cup display case I’d been working on as time is available in my woodshop and searching to a four port KVM solution for myself; I’ve a Surface, Surface Pro, Dell XPS2000 with a four Displayport adapter, and a rack mounted dual cpu system I use for video editing I’m in process of rebuilding.  I may turn out that the Video Editing system will get the four Displayport adapter and be separate from the KVM as It will only be used for Video Editing while the other systems will be more general purpose.  The Display rack I got from  Knoll permits mounting eight displays, so I’m trying to configure my workstation so I can have all the displays and controls directly in front of my without too many peripherals on the desktop.

Next week’s to do list is: 1) getting one of my servers rebuilt –either a dedicated SharePoint Server or a dedicated SQL Server machine for analytics, 2) Continue building the Modern IT Portfolio Management workshops for a beta test with on of the corporations that have expressed interest in adoption my approach as opposed to IBM, Troux, Apptio, and Microsoft’s, looking for partner or company to join, and continued office cleanup.


About briankseitz
I live in PacNW in a small town and work for Microsoft as a Enterprise strategy and architecture SME. I enjoy solving big complex problems, cooking and eating, woodworking and reading. I typically read between 4-8 business and technology books a month.

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