msg error.

January 22, 2009 at 06:57:33
Specs: win xp 5.1.2600, 3mhz/2 gig
Hi guys.
I was messing about with the 'msg' command.
I type: msg pirol 123 and the message '123' pops up on my computer.
My username is pirol.

But when I try anyone elses username, I get the message:
XXXXX does not exist or is disocnnected.

Can anyone tell me what the problem is?
Thank you

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January 23, 2009 at 02:03:17
The other user must be logged on to the same machine as the one you are using.

If you want to send a message to another user on another machine on the local network, you can use NET SEND. Type NET HELP SEND for more information.

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January 23, 2009 at 02:29:33
Ok thanks, I used net send username message.

But no message goes through (It is an XP thing.) - cant change settings on my pc as it is controlled by It guys!

Thanks Klint

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January 23, 2009 at 06:15:49
Try using the other user's machine name, instead of username. Also, make sure he is running the Messenger Service - look in Services under Control Panel on his machine.

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January 23, 2009 at 14:56:01
"cant change settings on my pc as it is controlled by It guys!"

There is a good chance they have disabled netsend. Also when you say "It is an XP thing" do you mean that the target machine is not running xp? I remember reading that vista ships with netsend disabled by default, but I can't verify this. Win9x use don't have net send at all, I think they use a different method/command.

As for the msg command it can apparently be used over a network but I could never get it to work.... I believe it is reliant on the "terminal services" service.

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January 25, 2009 at 01:26:58
Thanks Judago, I read that XP has disabled netsend by default, and I cant change it due to restrictions on the network!

Dead end here, but thanks.

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