How can this be done - powershell msgbox

bbimis
bbimis used Ask the Experts™
on
Alright, i know the following can be locally on my computer to display a message box
[system.reflection.assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("system.windows.forms")
[system.windows.forms.messagebox]::Show("YOur system needs to be accesses for maintence please finish all your work")

Open in new window

but how the heck can i get it to show on remote computers? I know i can use the msg command that is built into windows but some systems don't have that function.

i'm guessing something along the lines of
[system.reflection.assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("system.windows.forms")
$creds = get-credential
.... -computername testbox -credential $cred | [show.windows.form.messagebox]::Show("message here")

Open in new window

Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
Put all of the code to execute into a scriptblock, and run it with invoke-command:
invoke-command -computer testbox -script {<#code here>}

Open in new window

Top Expert 2014
Commented:
I was thinking the same thing, but it looks like you run into an error since it's an interactive element.
There's probably some way to do this with Windows forms, I just don't know it yet.
One thing I found did work on Win7 system is to use a  combination of PowerShell Remoting and msg.exe.
$block = { msg console /time:15 "Message to user"}
Invoke-Command -ComputerName computername -ScriptBlock $block

Open in new window

Author

Commented:
well wouldn't msg /server:[computername] * "message here" do the same thing ?
that works on windows 7 machines if they have the built in msg

my goal is along these lines but i can't figure out how to get the code to work.
$computer = "testpc"
Send-NetMessage "testing" -Computername $computer -Seconds 30 -VerboseMsg -Wait

Function Send-NetMessage{
<#  
.SYNOPSIS  
    Sends a message to network computers
 
.DESCRIPTION  
    Allows the administrator to send a message via a pop-up textbox to multiple computers
 
.EXAMPLE  
    Send-NetMessage "This is a test of the emergency broadcast system.  This is only a test."
 
    Sends the message to all users on the local computer.
 
.EXAMPLE  
    Send-NetMessage "Updates start in 15 minutes.  Please log off." -Computername testbox01 -Seconds 30 -VerboseMsg -Wait
 
    Sends a message to all users on Testbox01 asking them to log off.  
    The popup will appear for 30 seconds and will write verbose messages to the console. 

.EXAMPLE
    ".",$Env:Computername | Send-NetMessage "Fire in the hole!" -Verbose
    
    Pipes the computernames to Send-NetMessage and sends the message "Fire in the hole!" with verbose output
    
    VERBOSE: Sending the following message to computers with a 5 delay: Fire in the hole!
    VERBOSE: Processing .
    VERBOSE: Processing MyPC01
    VERBOSE: Message sent.
    
.EXAMPLE
    Get-ADComputer -filter * | Send-NetMessage "Updates are being installed tonight. Please log off at EOD." -Seconds 60
    
    Queries Active Directory for all computers and then notifies all users on those computers of updates.  
    Notification stays for 60 seconds or until user clicks OK.
    
.NOTES  
    Author: Rich Prescott  
    Blog: blog.richprescott.com
    Twitter: @Rich_Prescott
#>

Param(
    [Parameter(Mandatory=$True)]
    [String]$Message,
    
    [String]$Session="*",
    
    [Parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$True,ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=$True)]
    [Alias("Name")]
    [String[]]$Computername=$env:computername,
    
    [Int]$Seconds="5",
    [Switch]$VerboseMsg,
    [Switch]$Wait
    )
    
Begin
    {
    Write-Verbose "Sending the following message to computers with a $Seconds second delay: $Message"
    }
    
Process
    {
    ForEach ($Computer in $ComputerName)
        {
        Write-Verbose "Processing $Computer"
        $cmd = "msg.exe $Session /Time:$($Seconds)"
        if ($Computername){$cmd += " /SERVER:$($Computer)"}
        if ($VerboseMsg){$cmd += " /V"}
        if ($Wait){$cmd += " /W"}
        $cmd += " $($Message)"

        Invoke-Expression $cmd
        }
    }
End
    {
    Write-Verbose "Message sent."
    }
}

Open in new window

Top Expert 2014

Commented:
I believe it depends on whether you have the firewall configured to allow it (referring to whether msg /server would work or not).  It doesn't for me and I haven't tried to diagnose it.  If you have PS Remoting configured then the network communication happens over that so you don't have to worry about any additional firewall configuration.

That script is just a wrapper for msg.exe.

Author

Commented:
thanks

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial