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1 PC, 2 consoles (as in 2 monitors, keyboards and mice)

Is it possible to divide the screen into 2 work-spaces, each with its own keyboard and mouse , mouse pointer etc.

Each workspace must independent of the other and must act as if it is an another computer.

I should also be able to ping the other Work-area.

[OS: Windows XP or Windows 7]

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@techie007: Will I be able to ping both consoles using BeTwin VS ? –  SpongeBob SquarePants Mar 7 '11 at 5:38
    
What do you mean by divide? If you want to share the desktop look into VNC. If you want to support multiple independent desktops in Windows for different users simultaneously then there's Windows Remote Desktop Service but this only available in server versions of Windows. While client versions of Windows have Remote Desktop Service, it's only for Fast User Switching and doesn't allow multiple remote desktops like Windows Server's Terminal Services. –  Deleted Account Mar 7 '11 at 5:44
    
@techie007: The duplicate does not apply - only one monitor here. –  harrymc Mar 7 '11 at 9:35
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marked as duplicate by techie007, KronoS, nhinkle, ChrisF, BloodPhilia Mar 8 '11 at 16:50

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Yes, setup a virtual machine and assign it a separate keyboard and mouse. See here for details.

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Can I get different ip like in the image in my question ? –  SpongeBob SquarePants Mar 7 '11 at 8:19
    
Yes, your VM can have a different IP, but with VMs you will have to use private IPs - you can do something like 192.168.1.100 for the host and 192.168.1.101 for the VM. –  MaQleod Mar 7 '11 at 8:35
    
That sounds awesome , can you tell me which VM will suit me ? –  SpongeBob SquarePants Mar 7 '11 at 8:38
    
VirtualBox is always a good bet. –  MaQleod Mar 7 '11 at 8:44
    
Can you tell me the steps to setting up a private IP in VirtualBox ? –  SpongeBob SquarePants Mar 7 '11 at 15:44
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Not that I am aware of. I would suggest a second monitor or a KVM switch.

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What is a KVM switch –  SpongeBob SquarePants Mar 7 '11 at 8:21
    
Keyboard Video Mouse. It lets multiple computers share one keyboard, monitor and mouse set. Some will let you share audio as well. –  MaQleod Mar 7 '11 at 8:38
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You could use WinSplit Revolution or Gridvista, both are free.

However, as they are on the same computer, ping does not apply.

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