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    Can anyone suggest a simple and free utility that would take the place of the old Messenger service. Occasionally we'd like to be able to "net send" a message to all workstations to notify users that some kind of system maintenance is about to occur. (Database failures, Email outage, time-clock page, maintenance complete, etc).

    I don't really enjoy the idea of piling more software onto our old RAM-challenged machines, but communication is a good thing.

    Suggestions?

  • #2
    Re: Network Notifications to Clients

    This looks rather light and might work for you.
    http://www.cezeo.com/products/netsend/

    Cheers
    Backspace
    Hindsight is 20/20 foresight is what matters

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    • #3
      Re: Network Notifications to Clients

      Why not enable the messenger service and use net send?
      Regards,
      Jeremy

      Network Consultant/Engineer
      Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
      www.gma-cpa.com

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      • #4
        Re: Network Notifications to Clients

        True but remember, net send does not work on Visa machines.
        Hindsight is 20/20 foresight is what matters

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        • #5
          Re: Network Notifications to Clients

          Originally posted by backspace View Post
          True but remember, net send does not work on Visa machines.
          Maybe you could purchase MasterCard or American Express machines.

          It would have helped if you had informed us in your first post that you were running Vista instead of letting those who posted waste their time with answers that weren't suitable to your requirements.
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          • #6
            Re: Network Notifications to Clients

            And if this is Vista tehn it should be in the Vista forum and not the Server forum.....

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            • #7
              Re: Network Notifications to Clients

              Sod, was that annoyed I missed that. Thanks Wullie.
              1 1 was a racehorse.
              2 2 was 1 2.
              1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
              2 2 1 1 2

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              • #8
                Re: Network Notifications to Clients

                Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
                Sod, was that annoyed I missed that. Thanks Wullie.
                Ahh your slowing down in your old age there my friend.

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                • #9
                  Re: Network Notifications to Clients

                  Uh, guys, the OP still has made no mention of Vista... (backspace is not the OP)
                  Regards,
                  Jeremy

                  Network Consultant/Engineer
                  Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
                  www.gma-cpa.com

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                  • #10
                    Re: Network Notifications to Clients

                    Thank you JeremyW. Um yeah guys the OP never mentioned what OS they needed the solution for so I just wanted to inform the OP that net send does not working as a solution if Vista was in fact running on some of their client machines.

                    So that the OP can properly receive the quality info I know this forum is capable of supplying, this post should be moved back to this forum.


                    Backspace
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                    • #11
                      Re: Network Notifications to Clients

                      Originally posted by JeremyW View Post
                      Why not enable the messenger service and use net send?
                      Just because it's a security issue. Do businesses actually still run the Messenger service and use it? I could make it a Group Policy to activate it (I think), but it sounds 'iffy'.
                      Last edited by braytonak; 8th June 2007, 19:35.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Network Notifications to Clients

                        Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
                        Maybe you could purchase MasterCard or American Express machines.

                        It would have helped if you had informed us in your first post that you were running Vista instead of letting those who posted waste their time with answers that weren't suitable to your requirements.
                        Completely spaced it, actually. One Windows 2000 machine and almost 150 WinXP machines. So their time wasn't wasted as the answers did apply.

                        Besides, Vista is an infant compared to WinXP and Win2k. I don't think there are many businesses that trust Vista yet.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Network Notifications to Clients

                          What an effed up thread. braytonak, appropriate info in your first post would have avoided that.

                          Well spotted Jeremy.

                          Now where do we move this thread as we still don't know what is being run except one Windows 2000 machine (Pro or Server is NOT mentioned) and 150 XP machines.

                          Let's see if this works. Click image for larger version

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                          Nope, must be broken.
                          Last edited by biggles77; 9th June 2007, 12:10.
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                          2 2 was 1 2.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Network Notifications to Clients

                            Ok lets get this thread back on track.

                            Have you had a look at Lan Talk??

                            http://www.lantalk.net/lantalk-xp/

                            or these??

                            http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/ne...rkmessage.html

                            I personally wouldn't enable the messenger service.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Network Notifications to Clients

                              For Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 settings:
                              use terminal services msg as a replacement

                              MSG

                              Send a message to a user.
                              MSG {username | sessionname | sessionid | @filename | *}
                              [/SERVER: servername] [/TIME: seconds] [/V] [/W] [message]

                              username Identifies the specified username.
                              sessionname The name of the session.
                              sessionid The ID of the session.
                              @filename Identifies a file containing a list of usernames,
                              sessionnames, and sessionids to send the message to.
                              * Send message to all sessions on specified server.
                              /SERVER: servername server to contact (default is current).
                              /TIME: seconds Time delay to wait for receiver to acknowledge msg.
                              /V Display information about actions being performed.
                              /W Wait for response from user, useful with /V.
                              message Message to send. If none specified, prompts for it
                              or reads from stdin.

                              Examples:
                              msg @filename.txt console type your message here
                              msg /SERVER:* console Type your message here

                              Use the console keyword to send the MSG to all attached workstations on the servers, including those without TS sessions.
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