Send Console Message

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Bruce Wilkinson, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. When I try to send a console message by right-clicking on Shared Folders in
    Computer Management (SBS 2003 environment), pointing to All Tasks, I don't
    see Send Console Message. The only option is Configure Shadow Copies. If I
    browse to Client Computers in Server Management, right click on each
    computer and pick "Manage Computer", all bring up Computer Management for
    that computer.

    If I use the command line, 'net send * "Test" ', I get a response, "the
    message was sent to domain mydomain". If I use 'net send /users', I get
    several errors:

    An error occurred while sending a message to 192.168.0.50.
    An error occurred while sending a message to 192.168.0.52.
    An error occurred while sending a message to Ref-Left.
    An error occurred while sending a message to Ref-Right.

    The two that come back as IP addresses show their names correctly if I
    "ping -a <ip_address>" or "ping <computer_name>". No messages appear in any
    Event Viewer log.

    Does anyone have any idea what the problem may be?

    Bruce
     
    Bruce Wilkinson, Jun 29, 2007
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  2. Bruce Wilkinson

    Mike H Guest

    You're intermixing two different things. You can send messages to
    computers, or you can send messages to users.

    The easiest, to me, is sending messages to computers. You did that when
    you used NET SEND * [msg text]. That should have sent the message to
    every workstation attached to the server. Replace * with a computer name
    to direct it to a particular computer.

    Use MSG to send a message to a particular user. (by the way, these are
    both command line utilities).

    type msg ? or net send ? to see a complete syntax list. These are also
    searchable help topics. Use "msg" or "send console message" in the
    search box.
     
    Mike H, Jun 30, 2007
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  3. Bruce Wilkinson

    Mike H Guest

    p.s. - If you're sending directed messages (to a specific computer or a
    specific user) then from a command line you can type "net sessions" to
    find out who/what is connected.

    Likewise, for Terminal Services, you can use the Terminal Services
    Manager snap-in to see who is connect to TS. Under each server you'll
    see a connection number and an associated user. Right-click on that
    connection and select "send message"
     
    Mike H, Jun 30, 2007
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  4. Hello Bruce,

    Thank you for posting here. Many thanks for Mike's inputs.

    I'm sorry for the delay response due to the weekend.

    According to your description, I understand that you cannot find Send
    Console Message UI in computer management console. If I have misunderstood
    the problem, please don't hesitate to let me know.

    Based on my research, send Console Message UI is not available on Windows
    Server 2003 after upgrading to Service Pack 1. Prior to installing SP1,
    this option is available in the computer management snap-in (compmgmt.msc)

    I suggest we try the following steps to see if we can resolve this issue:

    Register sendcmsg.dll by running the following command from
    %systemroot%\system32:

    regsvr32 sendcmsg.dll

    Then, you can find the send Console Message UI under computer management
    console.

    Meanwhile, for how to send Console Message thru command line, please refer
    to Mike's input.

    Hope these steps will give you some help.

    Thanks and have a nice day!

    Best regards,

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    | When I try to send a console message by right-clicking on Shared Folders
    in
    | Computer Management (SBS 2003 environment), pointing to All Tasks, I
    don't
    | see Send Console Message. The only option is Configure Shadow Copies. If
    I
    | browse to Client Computers in Server Management, right click on each
    | computer and pick "Manage Computer", all bring up Computer Management for
    | that computer.
    |
    | If I use the command line, 'net send * "Test" ', I get a response, "the
    | message was sent to domain mydomain". If I use 'net send /users', I get
    | several errors:
    |
    | An error occurred while sending a message to 192.168.0.50.
    | An error occurred while sending a message to 192.168.0.52.
    | An error occurred while sending a message to Ref-Left.
    | An error occurred while sending a message to Ref-Right.
    |
    | The two that come back as IP addresses show their names correctly if I
    | "ping -a <ip_address>" or "ping <computer_name>". No messages appear in
    any
    | Event Viewer log.
    |
    | Does anyone have any idea what the problem may be?
    |
    | Bruce
    |
    |
     
    Terence Liu [MSFT], Jul 2, 2007
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  5. Hello Bruce,

    Thank you for kind update.

    I'm glad to hear that things are working correctly for you now.

    I'd like to make a summary for this post:

    Issue:
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    Cannot send Console Message thru UI after apply windows server 2003 sp1

    Resolutions:
    =============
    1. Register sendcmsg.dll on SBS by running the following command from
    %systemroot%\system32:

    regsvr32 sendcmsg.dll

    2. Ensure the messenger service is started on every computer which need to
    receive console message.

    3. Ensure the firewall on the computer does not block UDP port 135.

    Please do not hesitate to post in this great newsgroup if you need any
    assistance in the future. I look forward to working with you again.

    Thank you and have a nice day,

    Terence Liu
     
    Terence Liu [MSFT], Jul 16, 2007
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