LAN-only instant messenger

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Jason, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Jason

    Jason Guest

    Hi all,
    Using SBS 2003.
    I'm trying to find an instant messenger tool for our employees that can be
    used only on the LAN, not on the web. Can Microsoft's Instant Messenger be
    used this way, or is there anything through Windows Sharepoint Services?

    Jason, Apr 23, 2008
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  2. Nothing's built in (unless you buy Live Communication Server). Check out
    Jabber (open source).
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 23, 2008
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  3. Jason

    Jason Guest

    Great, thanks.

    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    Jason, Apr 24, 2008
  4. Yes, I've heard that but if all you want is simple IM, it's overkill - and
    Jabber is free. :)
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 25, 2008
  5. Jason

    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    CALs are for Outlook 2003, not 2007. But OCS *is* awsome.
    kj [SBS MVP], Apr 25, 2008

    Also has a gateway plug in to allow some users out to MSN,AOL with in
    the admin console.

    But, if you are looking at internal only, make sure you block outside IM
    all together if you are worried about abuse.

    Joseph Vito Bacino Jr
    DV Technical Solutions Inc.
    Joseph Vito Bacino Jr., Apr 25, 2008
  7. Jason

    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    For me, your preaching to the choir. OCS is great, but often small biz wants
    or needs to use their limited re$ources elesewhere.
    kj [SBS MVP], Apr 25, 2008
  8. Jason

    Jason Guest

    Thanks for the tip, Joseph. I decided to give this a try and it is great!
    The installation went smoothly. The couple of issues I had were easily
    solved by looking in the forums.
    Integrates into LDAP or Active Directory. Can use an integrated DB or an
    external one like MS SQL.
    Allows creation of chat rooms, monitoring of chat, etc., etc.
    And best of it all is the price: Free!

    Thanks again.
    Jason, Apr 25, 2008
  9. No problem. :)

    We use this in just about every network we do.
    You are getting to the application at a good time. They just opened
    their enterprise version as open source. Besides the extra features, i
    think the community will have some good additions to the program.

    Joseph Vito Bacino Jr
    DV Technical Solutions Inc.
    Joseph Vito Bacino Jr., Apr 26, 2008
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    danny_cristina, Jan 25, 2011
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