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By nijole ·
I have just taken over nt admin in my company.The former admin was not a fan of popup notice to users incase of intended server service or reboot.I want to setup a popup to info my users if I have to schedule a server service or reboot or any quickmessage that I want users to read asap.Do I need to have messenger setup before doing this and what are the draw backs to my network.My older colleague is afraid it will affect network traffic and he is not in support of this.I will also appreciate a direction on how to set this up.

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by rstencel In reply to Message to Users

If you run winpopup on 95/98 client (put in startup folder) or messanger service on NT clients you can broadcast messages to the clients. Broadcast messages will have some effect on network performance, especially if you use switching technology asmessages will go to every colisson domain. The overall impact on your network will be minimal however unless your users start using netpopup to communicate themselves. I believe the benifits outway the potential problems unless you have unruly users.

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by nijole In reply to Message to Users

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by jypy In reply to Message to Users

If you have NT SRV running as domain controller on your site, you can use the "SEND MESSAGE" in the first menu of Server Manager and selecting the servers on which you suppose there are users connected.

JP

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by a.douwes In reply to Message to Users

Have you checked out the NT's Net Send command? I think is also works on Win9x.
Start the command prompt and enter
net help send
to see the parameters. You can send messages to all users in the domain using the following command:
net send /domain:MY_DOMAIN "The message"
I would discurage you to use
net send /user "The Message"
for it takes too long to send the messages to the logged on users. The message is send seperately to each computer connected to the server.

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by kay_lee In reply to Message to Users

as long as you have the messenger service started on the clients (settings\control panel\services) started, i believe that messages will popup automatically when you use the NET SEND command.
only draw back is when you have print spooler services, every print job sent to a server shared printer, the sender receives a notification for every print job. this tends to be very annoying and i've been asked to remove this service from the workstation or server with the shared printer.
i've found itvery useful.
K.

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by rikto7 In reply to Message to Users

There is a good utility called Net Hail...it is worth its weight in gold..Check it out it is at http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Bay/1999/index.html believe they have versions for win 98/95 also...It is free and comes in handy...
USN IT Admin
Rick
MCSE

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