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instant messaging for domain

Posted on 2007-11-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I need to install instant messaging on a terminal server and I want to restrict its usage to domain users instant messaging each other. I have seen that done at another company but don't know where to get the software.  
Does anyone know where i could get the software. I would think we could do it with yahoo or msn messenger but i have not been able to figure it out yet.
Any info is appreciated
Question by:ravithak
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Expert Comment

ID: 20351852
You want to set IM to "read only" for users and full access for admins etc. ?

Expert Comment

ID: 20351949
Read Only client for Terminal server

Full Access client for Terminal server

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-Mystique- earned 500 total points
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It appears that your best option is to consider implementing an instant messenger designed for usage within LAN only. Messenger such as Yahoo and MSN messenger have to have internet access to be able to function.
Here are just a few of a multitude of choices that are available.

Secure Network Messenger
Secure Network Messenger (SNM) - is a real time network communication program able to send and receive messages and files from one computer to another without using dedicated servers. SNM is especially designed to work with medium and large local area networks, but it is also convenient for small local networks consisting of two and up to several dozen computers.With SNM, your employees will be able to communicate without leaving working places.
Links to similar programs are also given on the page.

Zim 2.0
ZIM is slim and simple chat and instant messaging server for Windows 2003/XP/2000. Easy to install and use, ideal for use in LAN or remote VPN protected environments. ZIM supports public and private chat channels, offline messages and file transfers through the server
Links to other similar software are also given at the above page

Bopup Messenger (note that most downloads targeted at vista users, also work for xp and other windows editions)
Secure instant messenger designed to communicate over LAN and enterprise-size networks

LanToucher Network Chat
Software Description:
LanToucher Network Chat is small and easy-to-use chat software for your small office or home LAN

Fomine LAN Chat   Freeware
Fomine LAN Chat is tiny and easy-to-use instant messaging software. LAN Chat creates only one chat room... in this window. The LAN Chat uses same network protocol like a Winpopup LAN Messenger, OfficePopup and ... Net Send GUI. Silent installation is useful for network administrators who wish to install LAN Chat without user intervention so they can perform the operation quickly over any number of computers. ...

Winpopup LAN Messenger
an ideal business solution for secure network messaging without the need of a server. With a  better understanding of the user's meaning. Get the instant attention of the receiver by selecting the 'high ... allows searching, filtering and exporting of important messages.

There are quite a few network/LAN instant messaging programs at the below link which may be suitable for your needs.

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I ended up using outlook messenger.  quite an inexpensive solution from srimax software.

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