Send a Network Message

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A co-worker sometimes sends me a message that pops up on the screen no matter what I'm doing, bypassing email.  Can anyone tell me how he does this?  I'm not sure what kind of network we're running here, so I might have to find out how to get that info first.  I think it's Windows NT.
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NigelRocksAsked:
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bhnmiCommented:
its the net send command from the command line.

NET SEND
{name | * | /DOMAIN[:name] | /USERS} message
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NigelRocksAuthor Commented:
OK, I've almost got it.  I'm having problems with the syntax.  Let's say my name is Joe1 and my domain is Domain1.  How exactly would it look at the command line?
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bhnmiCommented:
net send (username) message is what your looking for, username being the target user.
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NigelRocksAuthor Commented:
I tried:

NET SEND (Joe1) Hello
NET SEND Joe1 Hello
NET SEND Joe1 "Hello"

Every time I got the message "The message alias could not be found on the network."
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bhnmiCommented:
You can also specify by IP address or computer name. But the error you get can be you are putting in the wrong name or that the messenger service is not started on the target machine.
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NigelRocksAuthor Commented:
I'm testing by trying to send it to myself.  Is that the problem?
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bhnmiCommented:
No, I just did it to make sure it worked :)  I did it like this

net send (my username) hello!

and it worked.
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NigelRocksAuthor Commented:
I'm wondering if there's a policy in place preventing me from doing this.  It tells me to look for help under NET HELPMSG 2273, but that doesn't tell me anything I don't already know.
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bhnmiCommented:
Strange, can you send the message to your IP address?
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NigelRocksAuthor Commented:
No, I get the exact same error.
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bhnmiCommented:
if you enter services.msc in to the run box(start>run) and press enter, then goto the messenger service is it running?
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NigelRocksAuthor Commented:
It's disabled.  Yep, I knew it...there's a policy on my machine; all options to start it are ghosted.
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NigelRocksAuthor Commented:
Anyway, you gave me the right answer.  I just need a different policy.,
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