Sending alerts to staff on a LAN without using "net send"
Posted on 2006-11-08
Our receptionist would like a system where she can alert a particular member of staff when their client has arrived. We are unlikely to use "net send", as this introduces the likelihood of spam messages.
Here's how I envision the setup:
- a "receiving" application running on the staff workstations with a "sending" application running on the receptionist's workstation;
- text string (preset, maybe?) is sent by the receptionist via the LAN, then it would appear as a pop-up at the user's workstation;
- no additional communication is needed from the user to the receptionist;
- the staff do not necessarily use the same computer each time they work - we're networked via a Windows 2003 server, so users are identified by the receptionist by their username;
- ideally the alerts would be those cute little MSN Messenger-style ones with the text string inserted as the label, but I think I can do that part already.
Is this possible to implement without using "net send"? I have some knowledge of VB, but I haven't done much network-based programming.