Intranet Instant Messaging
Posted on 2006-05-16
Ive got a Windows SBS 2003 domain, with about ten client computers tied into it. THe work stations are located all over the place and my boss wants me to find an alternative to him having to walk around to relay messages or even have to use the phone constantly.
I'm looking for a good instant messaging program, preferably free or cheap, relatively easy to install, and one that wouldnt require an additional server to run on. Our domain server is Dell 3.0ghz 2gb ram, pretty beefy server and we only use it for file sharing, dhcp, firewall, and login authentication. No SQL or Exchange (maybe down the road).
Any ideas of a messaging program I could use that would fit my criteria? Bear in mind the client machines arent great- some of them barely meet the windows XP requirements- so a program like AIM or MSN messenger might be too intense. Also, my boss doesnt want them using it to chat with anyone outside of the network.
Thanks a lot for your feedback