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Best Network Message Sending With Smallest Footprint.

I'm looking for a very simple, easy to use method for management to send popup messages to employees on a 40 user internal network. Something that hopefully does not require a horrible install of potentially problematic junk. Something that will just send alerts to a group of users with a blatantly obvious user interface.
TIA
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machine_run
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pjamCommented:
Office communicator 2005
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bcdudleyCommented:
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AmickCommented:
It depends on the composition of your network, if you're Windows only / Unix only / Multiple OS you have different things to be concerned with.
This page has several suggestions for Windows
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/msgexe-netsend-anything-availible-on-windows-7/e9743edc-afa9-4942-b1c7-66baf443067b

I've heard good things about
http://www.winpopup-lan-messenger.com/lanmessenger.html

You may also be interested in looking at
http://sourceforge.net/projects/jmessage/

In a mixed OSX/Linux/Windows network you can use Net Send on the Windows side and
# smbclient -M  on the other systems.  

If you don't have net send on your windows computer you can use netsend.exe available http://www.wegabyte.com/net-send/
or
http://www.winsentmessenger.com/sent/

Of course some people consider a messaging system a security risk and prefer to use e-mail announcments and some prefer to use Instant Messengers.  Finally with the prevalence of cellphones these days, you may even consider texting your users. Here's a list of methods for sending text to phones for various carriers: http://sms411.net/how-to-send-email-to-a-phone/  Note that the cost information on this site is years old so you may want to verify that the cost to send is now free (which it almost certainly is.)
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machine_runAuthor Commented:
It has to be fisher-price simple, no command line, nothing elaborate, hopefully no server installation. Windows Server 2005 network-compatible. It just needs to popup alerts on easily selectable users' PCs. ie: "The building is on fire! Run away!"
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machine_runAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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