NET SEND alternative ?
Posted on 2001-06-04
In an all NT 4.0 workstation/server environment, what is the best method to get a simple, emergent broadcast text message out to (possibly) 6000 users/workstations (ACTUALLY... currently logged in users would be sufficient) in a EFFICIENT AND TIMELY manner? Net send is not the answer, due to timeouts, and the fact that it is a "serial" process. Is anything else available in Windows NT, or does anyone have any experience with custom scripts or with a COTS product you would recommend?
I know the following:
'Using the Messenger Service in Windows NT gives you varying results that depend on the command options or interface you use to send messages. The method you use determines whether the message will be a local Broadcast or a directed datagram, and to which NetBIOS name the message will be sent.' I know I "can" use Server Manager to send a directed message to the <03> NetBIOS entry for each computer connected to the server [select]. Unlike the NET SEND /USERS, only one message will be sent to each connected computer, even if the computer has multiple sessions with the server. This is not the most automated method, since I would most likely have to construct the text message and cut/paste into dialog box for probably each Domain Controller [we have 11 of them] for best results... (?)