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Maximum Length of "net send" message sent to entire domain

Posted on 2004-03-30
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When sending a "net send" to all users in an Active Directory network, is there (and if so, what is) a maximum length that the message can be?  (All of our 300 workstations are W2K, with a *few* XP Pro machines here and there).

If the message is longer than any maximum, how is truncation performed?

Are there difference between max length when sending a private message, versus a global message?

Are there any special characters that should be avoided in the message so as to not kick off any special control?

We just sent a

C:\>net send * "Long message...."

and the first part of it was truncated, but it appended the last few characters on after that truncation.  (It's as if the middle ~70% of the messsage were trimmed out.)
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mikeleebrla earned 50 total points
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net send is limited to 55 characters.. see below:

http://guymal.com/techCorner/NET_SEND_reference.shtml

you can buy tools like the one below for only 9.99 that will increase this:

http://zdnet.com.com/3000-2085-10267703.html
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by:mpp1031
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Funny thing, though... We tested a PC to PC 'net send' (not to the entire domain) and were able to type MUCH more than 55 characters.

Are you saying the 55 character limit is for public/broadcast messages, but P2P message limit is higher?
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apparently that is the case.
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