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one monitor to see multiply computers

Hi experts,

I have one question that may need certain kind of software and device.

I want to see the statue of progress in, say 9 computers, at the same time but in one monitor. I image something like a security monitoring, a screen is divided into 9 parts, each little part reflect what is going on in one computer. If we want to make some change in a certain computer, we can just, say, double click on that particular part of the screen. The part of screen become larger and we can just work on that larger part of the screen, using mouse and keyboard, as if the monitor is only connected to that particular computer.

Not sure if I have make it clear. Basically, I want to control 9 computer by one set of  mouse and keyboard and see all the them in one monitor. What kind of device, software, can help me do this?

I heard something about remote desktop. But is seems that, we still need seperate monitors to connect to each of 9 computer first and grant access to another pc to do that. If we do not want those 9 monitors to start with, is it possible?

Thanks,
RDB
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you have administrative access (user name and password) to each computer, you should be able to access each computer with Windows Remote Desktop Connection. You can log in using the IP address and that should work.

.... Thinkpads_User
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ResourcefulDBAuthor Commented:
in remote desktop case, each computer need to have different ip address. even they do, do they need to be static ip address, cause ip change every time once restart those 9 computer if we have them set up as dynamic ip address?

on top of that, we need another master computer to access these 9 computers. for Remote Desktop connection, I heard that it only come with professional version of windows. Is there something out there we can get for home version of windows?

Thanks,
RDB
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The reason to use IP is to avoid DNS issues, but yes, each computer should have the same IP address. Static will work for this.

I do not think you can have two computers talk to one single computer with RDC (or any other like application).

For what you are trying to do, get rid of HOME yesterday if not before. What you want will not work in Windows Home - it was never meant for that.

So you can do what you want with Windows Pro and one master, but not two mastters.

... Thinkpads_User
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I tried some experimenting here and I think you may be overreaching, especially with Windows Home. I tried 3 servers on one screen and that is about the limit in terms of management. Tracking 9 on one screen is probably asking too much.

... Thinkpads_User
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
One thing I wanted to clarify and did is that the controlling computer must be Windows 7 Pro but the client computers possibly can be Windows 7 Home Premium.  See:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/get-remote-desktop-connection-to-work-in-windows-7/27b4a8b6-edc4-4f9d-a20c-0a38083d2d2d

It is worth a try. .... Thinkpads_User
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CompProbSolvCommented:
You could use VNC (tightvnc.com is a good, free one) to do this.  You would set up the host end on each of the 9 computers and set it to load with Windows.  You would then connect to each of the computers from your main computer and shrink each VNC window to 1/9 of the screen.

Once this has been set up correctly on the computers, you need not have a mouse, keyboard, or monitor on any of the 9.

While you could get by without static IP addresses (and connect to computers by name), thinkpads is correct to suggest static IPs.  It will make your life easier in the long run.

I would suggest setting this up on one computer and see how well it works with a window that is 1/9 of the screen.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Home editions of windows can connect to remote desktop hosts but they cannot be a host.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions  (client only).  You will need a 3rd party product like teamviewer
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Home editions of windows can connect to remote desktop hosts but they cannot be a host.

Yes. I said that above. Make the main computer Windows 7 Pro.

... Thinkpads_User
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
@thinkpads_user you have it backwards.. you can connect using remote desktop from a home computer but you cannot connect from a pro computer to a home computer. There are workarounds available on the web but they break the license terms of Windows Home Premium or lower.. ergo you will need a product like teamviewer or other vnc software
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DIIRECommented:
There are some paid monitoring solutions that you see what happening on multiple desktops and remotely control them.

http://www.net-orbit.com/specifications.html

http://www.netvizor.net/

http://netsupportschool.com/index.asp
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Darr247Commented:
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The Micrsoft Answers link I posted suggested Home could be set as a client. I have not tested it myself because I never use Home versions of Windows.

.... Thinkpads_User
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ResourcefulDBAuthor Commented:
what if we do not have to see all of them at the same time, but need to push a switch to switch from one to another? like a switch box.

At the same time, after we push a button to see what is going on in the computer #1, we should be able to use the mouse and keyboard in our master computer to control computer #1.

that should be a easier solution for this.
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CompProbSolvCommented:
With VNC you could have all 9 windows tiled on the screen at once (not very practical if you need to see smaller details) or have the windows overlapping and switch between them with Alt-Tab or by clicking on the icon on the taskbar.
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DIIRECommented:
You can get a KVM switch to manage multiple computers with one keyboard, mouse and display.

See Below:

http://www.rackmountmart.com/rmLCD/lcdK1039.htm

http://www.iogear.com/product/GCS16KIT/
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