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Sharing a single monitor with KVM switch


Having a multiple servers connected to a KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switch?

It's convenient and easy to switch from one server to another.

By pressing the button on the KVM and boom your already connected to another server, or just press control key twice.

But it will not be convenient if you have a multiple servers and you don’t know which one is which one.

By switching from one server to another, we need to identify which server handles the specific function or service, or just show the server name and you will be able to know the current server.

For example there are 2 accounting servers, 2 file servers and 2 web servers

Accounting Server 1
Accounting Server 2
File Server - 1
File Server - 2
Web server Java
Web server ASP

When switching from one server to another, if the servers are locked they all look the same.

You will not be able to identify the function or get the name the server unless you logon to it.

How to know the server name without logging in?

Begin on this folder location:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures -- -- This path is the same for both Windows 2008 and Windows 2012.

Edit the "user.bmp" with paintbrush or any image editor of your choice.

See screen shot below:


  
This steps mentioned above will help and it needs to press "ctrl+alt+del" to show the logon picture that tells the function or shows name of the server.

Just press "ctrl+alt+del" no need to key in the username and password, and on the logon page you the edited image is shown. See example output below:

  
That's a simple trick on how to show the server name if you are using a KVM switch without logging in to the server.

The steps above will also work on Windows 2012 but the image will not be the same from the screenshot above.


Cheers..Hope it helps..


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