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Net Send -- Working AND NOT working.

Posted on 2004-04-22
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Win2K Small Business Server
- As PDC
- AS DNS server
- AS WINS server

Win XP SP1 clients.
- Configured to use NetBIOS over TCP/IP
- To use SERVER for DNS
- To use SERVER for WINS

If I net send from server or a client to the domain, the message is broadcast to everyone.  If I net send to a user or a computer, the command responds that it was successful, but no message appears on the clients.

Messenger service IS running on clients.

I'm guessing I have something misconfigured on my server, which isn't dealing with WINS/NetBIOS correctly, or I'm using the wrong syntax with NET SEND.  But since it works for sends to the domain, I think I'm doing it right.  I have looked in my WINS database, and the user name record and computer name record are there with the correct IP address mapping.  Correct Forward and Reverse lookup records exist in the DNS database.

I bet it's something simple I'm overlooking.  But, I'm no expert... and so...  I'm stumped.

Any suggestsion for where to look to figure out why individual sends (both to user and compter names) won't work, but sends to the domain work fine?
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Question by:steverke
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by:Fatal_Exception
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The syntax is pretty simple..

http://www.ss64.com/nt/net_send.html

net send computername message

If you want a 3rd party solution, there are many free ones, but here is an example:

http://www.lantalk.net/net-send-command.php
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Oh..  do you have Netbios over TCP/IP cked..??

Also,

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;168893&
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hmm...  guess you do have Netbios enabled..  sorry...  :)
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by:steverke
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Nice find.  Thanks.  I'm surprised I didn't find that article myself when I was searching.  Strange.

I appreciate you pointing me to the right place.

Thanks.

SK
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