How do I send an alert message across a Win98SE p2p LAN?

Posted on 2001-06-06
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How do I send an alert message across a Win98SE p2p LAN?

I work as a network/database administrator in a small office and need to occasionally alert other users to logoff our database for administration. I understand that NETSEND only works in WinNT but not Win98. Any other utility that can mimic this? I don't want a chat program...don't need any smart-ass responses from other users on LAN. Sending an e-mail is not an option within our LAN.

FYI: All 10 workstations have assigned IP addresses and are under same workgroup name.
 Because I need a fairly quick response, I'm assigning a high-point value. Thanks alot.
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98 has winpopup in the c:\windows directory. It must be running (you can run it minimized) and then net send will work with it. You can send to a workstation or to the whole work group
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Winpopup is part of Windows System Tools. I believe it was not part of the standard install, so you may need to add it from the Windows Setup application.

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If your clients are running Novell, the 32-bit version (the one you download from Novell, not the IPX/SPX drivers that come with Windows 98, then there is a broadcast service that can be used to send messages to any or all machines that are currently on the network.

It is installed automatically and is used primarily for alerts like "Printer out of paper". People running the full novel client see these alerts from the network printers, but people on standard IPX/SPX don't.

You access it from the small Novel icon in the tool bar.

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Well, this doesn't really address the issue of sending a guaranteed alert message to another user on the LAN. An applet like winpop can also be closed by a user even if it's minimized. Does anyone know of a third-party program that could mimic NetSend in WinNT other than Windows' Popup running under Win98?
I just don't want to give users the ability to respond to error messages or close an applet that's sending them a system-wide alert message.

NOTE: All clients are running Win98SE.
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Here ya go, but it ain't cheap
Vypress Auvis is oriented toward the non-professional user. It fulfills the function of a message processor, but does not allow users to send messages. One of the key features in Auvis is the ability to disable one or all of the extra features (for example, closing the program) through special registry keys. If you are the administrator of a corporate LAN or WAN and are looking for broadcasting and unicasting services for a middle to large network, Auvis is the ideal program for you and your network!

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