windows MSG command not working

refering to the guideline here: http://webtools.live2support.com/windows/msg.php
we are thinking of using the MSG command to send message to all the clients PC to inform them when the server is restarting, or sth urgent..

this is the command we've tried, but not working (only the computer we use received this msg, the other won't)
MSG pc_name  'Server will be shut down at 9am'
zeBesAsked:
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zeBesAuthor Commented:
when we run this command on our server (win2000), it says that the Terminal Services is required... what's that means?
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Jeff BeckhamEngineerCommented:
Try "net send" instead.

The syntax of this command is:
NET SEND
{name | * | /DOMAIN[:name] | /USERS} message
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zeBesAuthor Commented:
i tried
net send pc001 hi

but i get:-
This message alias could not be located.

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ComputronCommented:
I'd be willing to bet that most of the computers have the "Messenger" service disabled. Go into the services of the computer you want to send the test to and check to make sure that service is started.
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zeBesAuthor Commented:
where is the Messenger service under?
control panel??
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zeBesAuthor Commented:
when i use MSG, i still can send msg to myself but when i use net send, i could even receive msg to myself.. (same PC)
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ComputronCommented:
Look for "Services" in control panel, or control panel>>administrative tools
right click the messenger service, left click start
then test your net send
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zeBesAuthor Commented:
ok, i got it :)

but is there any other way to send msg?

and why MSG can't work?

i increase the pts for this extra question.
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ComputronCommented:
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zeBesAuthor Commented:
C:\>msg pc001 hi
pc001 does not exist or is disconnected

but when i use net send, i could send to pc001
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ComputronCommented:
Check the reference I gave. You don't send to a computer, but rather a user, if you are using MSG
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zeBesAuthor Commented:
hmm, then i think i will stick to net send...
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zeBesAuthor Commented:
OMG, i just notice that beckham has suggested net send... should have split the point a little
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Jeff BeckhamEngineerCommented:
No sweat.  Glad we could help
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zeBesAuthor Commented:
;)
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