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    Network Messaging

    Hi All!

    Im looking into a way to send messages to all users which are logged in to our Network so that a pop-up window appears displaying the message We have a windows 2003 domain with w2k and XP clients. I know about the Windows messaging service, which is disabled on most of the clients. I would prefer a more secure messaging solution where messages can be sent from certain users/workstations.

    If anyone has got any ideas, it would be great to hear them

    SDSS

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    Re: Network Messaging

    If you want a full blown IM solution. I'd suggest you look at Jabber.
    If you don't. NET SEND is the way to go.

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    Re: Network Messaging

    For what purpose?

    You could do it in a login script...

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    Re: Network Messaging

    Net send is fuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnn!!!!!!

    I'm a big fan of old school dos-age!

    Chris

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    Re: Network Messaging

    I haven't been able to get net send to work since we upgraded to XP!

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    Re: Network Messaging

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    I haven't been able to get net send to work since we upgraded to XP!
    I think its turned off by default in SP2?

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    Re: Network Messaging

    Yes it was turned off in SP2, however you can re-enable it very easily!

    2000 SP4, XP Gold and XP SP1 all have the messenger service switched on by default. I'm unsure whether it's enabled or disabled in Server 2003, but I am guessing (more than likely) it would be turned off.

    It was fun in the past being able to send April Fool jokes by net send

    I remember at college they used Pegasus Mail. Not sure how good it is, but it did have the ability to send IM to users or groups on the network.

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    Re: Network Messaging

    in ad select the users gp and then login scripts etc.. then put a link to a java script file this will produce a nice little message for them once logged in. mine recently told them that they were getting all their music deleted.

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    Re: Network Messaging

    i'll have a look for the thread and post it up!

    cheers kris

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    Re: Network Messaging

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    For what purpose?

    You could do it in a login script...
    Thanks for the reponse guys

    but Im not looking for a message to be displayed during login

    Say a file server needs rebooting and you need notify all users that are logged into the domain. I would like to send a message that appears on their screen. Pretty much what netsend does. However this requires the messenger service to be running on every machine and gives each machine the ability to send messages from any user that has access to a cmd prmpt

    So i was wondering if there was any other alternative simple soloution out there which was more secure in the respect that the messages could only be send from, say my machine.

    Cheers

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    Re: Network Messaging

    Personally I'd just bite the bullet and implement a Linux based Jabber server.

    You can kill a few other birds with the same stone as well. For instance your able to to monitor IM traffic leaving the school because it'd all run through Jabber transports (MSN, Google talk, whatever) and you'd block everything else.

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    Re: Network Messaging

    On our network it doesn't really effect us, because the only people with access to command prompt are staff.

    Chris

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    Re: Network Messaging

    i know that net support school and imperata can message logged on users with netsupport you can also add interactivity to the questions(if you wanted too!)

    give it a look
    www.netsupport.com i think?

    probably a bit overkill but its a really good piece of software!

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    Re: Network Messaging

    NET SEND is your friend for sending messages acroos the network.

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    Re: Network Messaging

    You could use psexec to fire up the web browser on each client to open a webpage that says "I'm about to reboot the server" (and a countdown timer).

    psexec is from www.sysinternals.com.

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