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Old 10-21-2005, 06:18 PM   #1
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Slaving my old machine

I want to use my old pc box as an experimental machine. What is the best way to slave it so that I can use my new computer to access it and fool around with. Thanks.
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Not sure what you mean by "slave" it.

What I would do to "access" it.

1) Buy a KVM switch (Belkin makes some fairly cheap ones) so that you can switch console from one machine to another using one K(eyboard) V(ideo Display) and M(ouse) for both.

Assuming you mean both will be Linux:

2) For normal operation you can just open a telnet session from one computer to the other (assuming you have them both on a network). Better yet you should DISABLE telnet on both and setup ssh to use between them.

Other ideas:
Use ftp (or better yet scp/sftp which use the ssh keys) for file transfers from one to the other.

Use NFS to share filesystems between the hosts if you often need access to the same files o9n both.

Use NIS to share hosts/password/services and other lookup files if you have a lot that you don't want to configure on both hosts. (NIS is fairly insecure and a bit of a pain to administer - I wouldn't bother with it unless you have lots of stuff to configure in the above mentioned files that you think is too big a pain to copy from one to the other - or unless you just feel like playing with it.)


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