Net Send

Posted on 2004-11-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
Hi Experts,

I have read through some previous questions and got part of my answer, I want to use Net Send to broadcast a message to every computer in my domain, if I use net send DOMAIN:mydomain Message Text. it almost works but my windows 98 pcs don't get a message and some of my XP pcs don't get it either.

I have checked on the XP's that aren't receiving and the messagener service is started.

Any other ideas.

Question by:belronan
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    I've typically used:

    NET SEND * My message here.
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    is the messenger service started on this machines?


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    the messagener service is started.

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    I don't think you can use net send against win98 clients without winpopup. You'll need to check that winpopup is installed on the 98 clients. On your XP clients not receiving check that they can ping the server by name and ip ok, and that the firewall is disabled on them,

    Deb :))

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    Cheers but i wish to have the firewall on
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    Deb is correct,, 98 clients will need winpopup on and the XP firewall is what is stopping it on your XP clients more than likely.  Keep in mind that the XP firewall is really designed for home use (if you dont have a corperate firewall) and you really can't manage XP machines with the firewall on (as you are finding out here with the net send problem).
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    Yeah, if you have a good corporate firewall (hardware), I would certainly disable Windows XP firewall.  If you don't have a good corporate firewall & only are relying on XP firewall...then stop.

    If you are using Windows XP SP2 w/firewall, then you can always set an exclusion, but even still, I would recommend ditching it.  The only XP machines that I allow it to be enabled on is laptops that I know go to the field where there are either no firewalls or other clients on the LAN that won't be protected (hotels etc)

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