NET SEND command - capable of Broadcasting a Message?

We have a WAN consisting of 7 different locations.  Each location is on its on VLan with a different subnet.

At each location there are 15 kiosks spread throughout a warehouse.  Our manager (1 at each location) would like to broadcast short messages to those kiosks for end users (only at that location) to see.  Because our businesses are open 24/7, a message that was broadcast for the 1st shift (7-3 am) would need to remain onscreen for the 2nd and 3rd shifts.  This would insure that all employees see the message.

Of course, Outlook could be installed on the kiosks, but that would get pricey.

I'd like to explore any other resolution.

Please advise.
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
Hi baleman2,

Using NET SEND to send messages is probably not the ideal setup for you.
There are multiple issues, including having to enable the messenger service, which is not enabled by default. Enabling this service can open your systems up to SPAM from the messenger service.

Is your organisation running Exchange server? If so, you could make use of OWA to avoid needing to install Outlook on each of the workstations.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2897680

Another option, that is free, is to make use of Yammer. This is a "facebook" type application, that is able to be used by people in the company, and can send and receive messages. There is a free version of it available, and more advanced features available in the full paid version:
https://about.yammer.com/


I'm certain there are many other options available too.

Is messaging to everyone your only concern? If you tell us what all you need to address, we could better suggest options for you.

Hope this helps!

:o)

Bartender_1
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baleman2Author Commented:
After posting my initial request, I've already discovered that Windows 7 Professional doesn't support the NET SEND command - only the MSG command.

We want only 1 way communication, i.e., from our manager out to the kiosks.  No response is required from the kiosk user.  Any 2 way comm program - Yammer, etc. - would be unsuitable for our needs.  We don't want our end users to be able to communicate FROM the kiosk TO any other recipient.

We do run Exchange Server 2007 and have OWA already in place.  However, even logging in to that would require internet access on the kiosk?????  Security Policy prohibits internet access on the kiosk.  That is why we'd like for these messages to travel across the internal network.
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
Hi baleman2,

Thanks for the additional information.

Intchat may be an option for what you wish to accomplish.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/intchat/

Or, if it's critical that your end users not be able to respond, you could use the MSG command, but wrap it in a powershell script to make it easier for your manager to use, like this:
http://powershell.com/cs/forums/p/13545/25028.aspx

Hope this helps!

:o)

Bartender_1
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
Hi baleman2,

Additional information you will need, if you want to use MSG.EXE:

the remote systems must allow remote access. See here on how to enable it:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/allow-someone-to-connect-to-your-computer-using-remote-desktop-connection

Also, it may be necessary to include the computername in the command [msg /server:<computername> <username> <message>]


A brief look online, I found LANSend which may do what you want:
http://lizardsystems.com/lansend/

Hope this helps!

:o)

Bartender_1
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baleman2Author Commented:
Used your link to download and install LanSend software.  Works perfectly for me.
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