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Hi all,

Is it possible to use MSN / Windows Messenger over a domian orientated network without users having to subscribe to Microsoft?

I have a network here at work where the managers would like the employees to be able to talk to each other via MSN on their desktops, the only problem is that not all the employees are happy with having to register with Microsoft and was wondering if it was able to be used securely under the network without any outside access?

Thanks for any advice

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No, that isn't possible because MSN needs to access the internet to get user information and you absolutly need to set accounts.

To accomplish that, you'll need to use the Net send command or a program like one of the following:
http://www.messagepal.com/?s=G&k=AD
http://www.lanmessenger.com/
http://messenger.softros.com/
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Many thanks for the info
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To use the Net send command

NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY NET SEND A WINXP, WINNT, WIN2K MACHINE AND ALL THE WINDOWS SERVER PRODUCT.
open a command prompt (Start>run>cmd)
type "net send * The server will be down for 10 minutes" (without the quotes)
(replace * by the IP address or the name of a single computer, otherwise, leave it like that; it will send the message to everyone)
(replace The server will be down for 10 minutes by any other message you want)

note: to use NET SEND, the messenger service must be started on the target and the sending machine (it is stopped by default with sp2).
to start it: Start>run>net start messenger (if you use this method, each time you boot the machine, you'll have to repete this step).
Alternate way so you don't have to repeat it each time booting: Start>right click My Computer>manage>double click Services and Applications>double click Services. Scroll down until you see the item "Messenger". Make sure that it says Automatic under the column Startup Type. If not, double click Messenger. Under the general tab, next to Startup Type, change the value to Automatic.
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