Okay, here’s a silly question: I want to use my laptop as the monitor and keyboard for a server. Kinda like KVM over IP, but I only need to attach to a single server.
You might ask, “Bob, what sort of ridiculous thing are you trying to do?”
I’m glad you asked! Basically I have a bunch of machines deployed all over the place where there aren’t monitors. I hate dragging a monitor with me when I go to visit them. Sometimes there are even KVM-over-IP switches, but no monitor, and getting a network connection to use the KVM-over-IP is a bunch of hassle. Sometimes the machines can do serial console redirection, but not universally and that doesn’t seem to work nearly as well as I’d hope. Plus the serial port is in the back, and that means fishing around to connect it. Some of them could have their second NICs configured so I can use a crossover Ethernet cable and get in, but not all of them. Standardization? Maybe in five years but not now.
The one thing they ALL can do is VGA and USB. I already take a battery-powered monitor and keyboard with me in the form of a laptop. How do I combine these two?