Using Send Console Message vs. Net Send to notify groups.

Posted on 2006-03-20
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
1.  Is it possible to send 1 message to multiple OU's in a company.  We are part of a huge domain, and only want specific OU's to receive the message. (ie., when a server is going offline, etc.)

Right now, I have to send it 3 times from each of the 3 main OU servers and sometimes it takes too long to finish them all.

2.  Can you set up a group name to use Net Send to send a message to large groups?  Would the group consist of usernames or computernames?

I don't want to download or purchase any 3rd party software.

Would something like this work instead of a user's name?
net send /domain:'workgroup name' message

If I have a subgroup under the domain in AD, would that be the group name it's looking for?

3.  I've noticed that Net Send doesn't work too well with WinXP PC recipients.  I used to be able to Net Send with the user logon ID, but most of the time, I have to either use the computername or the IP address.  Is Net Send not compatible with XP?
Question by:NetSue
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    Accepted Solution

    net send is compatible with xp but you will find a lot of the time that "messenger" service is disabled as it provides a security flaw and allows advertising and random crap from spammers into your PC

    whilst i was studying, it was a fun thing to do to right a small batchfile with specific users in it with the net send command, i never played enough to know if it was possible to send to multiple OU's like that but i highly doubt it has that complexity with it

    i know you can hit security groups though

    use net send /? to see the options available to you

    Expert Comment

    Your OUs could be assiged email addresses if instant communication wasn't the issue.

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