Im looking for your thoughts opinions on network messaging alerts for disruptions etc
We have a unix system that interfaces with a windows client and usually once a week when someone stuffs up we need to do a restore which involves getting everybody out of the system who is in "maintenance".
Generally about 15-20 people - these people all work in different offices / places / spaces.....
So what I need is an instant messaging type system similar to "net send" to have a popup preferably with a yes/no option that will popup infront of the users either locking their workstation until they press a series of keystrokes (i.e. alt -ctrl - del)
Currently we're using email with read alerts to notify the person doing the restore but the trouble is they are busy and most times people dont stop to read their email just because 1 is new.
Currently using net send and set the messenger service to start automatically in the login script by using:
sc config messenger start= auto
net start messenger
Which seems all well and good but then we have to have a batch file for the person doing the restore that needs to be modified all the time....
net send user1 todaysmessage
net send user2 todaysmessage
net send user3 todaysmessage
net send user4 todaysmessage
net send user5 todaysmessage etc
replace all "todaysmessage" with "tommorowsmessage"
is ok....but still a hassle and net send doesnt always work....
Or even your thoughts on alternative messaging systems other than outlook or alternatives to outlook when email is down?
ie. Your information store crashes people probably have phone directory of some description to find each other but what about other systems to notify your users...
In the past I've just used net send /domain:domain Email Offline - Until Further Notice
Any thoughts ideas opinions are all welcomed :-)
April 2, 2007 10:32 PM
April 12, 2007 6:36 PM