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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 randelia In reply to Message to Users

Yep, NET SEND is the way to go. If you don't have any slow WAN links to contend with, the /users option should still be pretty quick. If your WAN is huge or your network's bandwidth utilization is typically high, I'd stay away from NET SEND-ing a lot of users unless it's after hours and usage is low.

RE: Kay Lee's response about print notification messages. You can shut off the notifications for all printers on a server. Open up the printers folder on the server in question (browse or locally), choose File\Server Properties and go to the advanced tab. From there, uncheck 'Notify when remote documents are printed.'

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by nijole In reply to Message to Users

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by Green Lantern In reply to Message to Users

Your past admin might not like popup messaging because it is not reliable. To use popup messaging the end user must have winpopup.exe running on their computer. You can broadcast all you want but they will never receive the message unless they arerunning a local winpopup.exe.

NET SEND or any other method used to send broadcast traffic to all stations will have no impact unless used. Therefore, no additional bandwidth will be used by running the messenger service except when you broadcasta message. Since it is a broadcast, there will be no acknowledgement message coming back so only the broadcst traffic will increase bandwidth for that finite amount of time it takes to send the message.

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