best way to send console message and use of messenger service

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Paul, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    I've got an AD network with 2003 standard servers and XP workstations. I
    want to be able to send messages to workstations that are connected for
    things like server reboot warnings but I read a couple of warnings about
    having the messenger service running.

    Is this considered an acceptable risk by most admins and is there a better
    utility than 'net send'?

    Thanks Paul
    Paul, Jul 13, 2007
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  2. Paul

    Ehren Guest

    I have always had the messenger service disabled, however I know of a few
    places that use it on a regular basis for such things. If your network is
    properly firewalled and monitored you need to worry about it less, at least
    being attacked from the outside, however internal threats could be an issue
    depending on your environment.

    I would reccomend not using it...I have gotten around it by either sending
    out a mass email or using a corporate instant messaging system. Of course if
    you use exchange and do not allow cached mode and you are taking the exchange
    server down an email wouldnt help anyone much.

    Bottom line is I think a lot in this issue comes down to your environment,
    your managment style and largely your oppinion.

    Take mine for what it is worth...2 cents :)
    Ehren, Jul 14, 2007
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    Ryan Hanisco Guest


    I agree. This is usually disabled in most networks in favor of more robust
    messaging and collaboration platforms. Think of the evil everyone got away
    from when they pulled away from NetWare sending out blanket messages to
    everyone on the wire...

    You can use it if you don't have any other options, but usually if you are
    to the point where you have to send out blanket messages, you are probably
    already in hot water as it means you don't have time to develop and execute a
    communication plan for your change. This combined with the fact that the
    messenging service doesn't really work well if you're jumping across routed
    boundaries, and you usually can find a better plan.
    Ryan Hanisco
    MCSE, MCTS: SQL 2005, Project+
    Chicago, IL

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    Ryan Hanisco, Jul 14, 2007
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