LAN Messenger Recommendation.

I would like to get messenger system on our Intranet. dont like msn/yahoo/aol etecetera for some obvious reasons.

Would like to know some pro's and con's for
Office communicator vs Radmin Messenger Vs lan messenger Vs Vypress Messenger.

Cost is not a huge factor but something reasonable. also looking for Mac OSX compatbility.
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tvman_odConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'd go for some sort of Jabber IM. Open protocol, free and commertial servers and clients.
carceneaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
My company uses Openfire for our messenger server. It's real easy to setup and real stable. If wanted it can also integrate with AD for authentication. Spark is the client that's made for the openfire server, but we use pidgin because it's very lightweight.  Spark uses 50MB of memory while pidgin uses only 20MB. Also, if you use pidgin with the Openfire server use the XMPP setting when configuring the client.

Hope this helps!
David Scott, MCSENetwork AdministratorCommented:
i also use openfire server for lan IM.  I use spark as my client.  

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rdvargheseAuthor Commented:
if we setup a openfire server then - Can the users logon to Jabber Client like spark using their AD logon? or do they still need to register with Jabber and obtain a jabbar ID.

we have 150 users so registering on jabber is not something that we want but i would like to know on what the server can do ?

David Scott, MCSENetwork AdministratorCommented:
no, you can have openfire authenticate against AD.  take a look on that site and you'll find how to have it do that during the install
AD authentication is done using LDAP protocol. So the IM server is connecting to ldap running on AD for users authorization and authentication. Consider possible secutity issues,  IM may send passwords in plain text format which could be captured in the network.
bigjimbo813Connect With a Mentor Commented:
We use POD. You can tie outside IM clients if you choose.

I used to be anti-IM for obvious reasons, but when you deal withoutside clients it is nice to have the ability to  contact them for a quick message.

MSN has a tool that you can integrate for internal chat only.
I used Jabber 5 years ago and was never a big fan of it.
David Scott, MCSEConnect With a Mentor Network AdministratorCommented:
In windows there is winchat.exe.  Its a very basic messaging system.  Check out this article:

its a Tech Republic link i'm not sure you might need a free login
rdvargheseAuthor Commented:
tested a lot of them and i think vypress chat is really a good one for our needs. this one doesnt need internet or any login registration.

thanks for the suggestions.
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