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Net Send Problem

Posted on 2004-11-05
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have been struggling to use the "net send" command in command prompt.
I have a home network via a DSL router and when I type "net send * (message)" the only computer to recieve the message is the computer that I sent the messgae from.
Also if I put in the name or IP address of another computer, is gives a message saying
"An error occured while sending a message to (computername)
A general network error occured.
More help is avaliable by typing net helpmsg 2136."

Plaese could you advise me on a way to get around this difficulty.

Oliver Westby
Question by:OliverWestby
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net send is one of the easiest commands to execute, but if the Messenger Service is turned off on the receiving computers, then they cannot pick up the packet broadcast...  so that is the first place I would ck...

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Fatal_Exception earned 1000 total points
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BTW:  the messenger service must be running on both the sender's and the recipient's system...  

Just a heads on what I use for this.  I wrote a small vbs file that interacts with the Net Send command if you wish to use it:

=====start copy====

Set WshShl = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Recipient = InputBox("Type the username or computername you wish to send " & _
      "a message to here")
MsgText = InputBox("Type your message: ")
WshShl.Run "Net Send " & Recipient & " " & MsgText

======End Copy====

Just copy the script, and save it with a .vbs extension to your desktop.   I love this scipt, since all I need to do is execute it on my desktop and interact with the GUI that it creates...  I think you will like it also...  :)


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ID: 12514886
It now works fine
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Glad to be of help...  

And thank you..


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