How do I send a message to a Terminal Server client?

A. Terminal Server supports two methods of communicating with a Terminal Server client process.

The first is via the GUI:

  1. Start the Terminal Services Manager MMC snap-in (Start - Programs - Administrative Tools - Terminal Services Manager)
  2. Expand the domain - Server and a list of connected processes will be shown
  3. Right click on the process and select 'Send Message' from the context menu
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  4. You can then enter a title for the message and a message text. Click OK

To send from the command line perform use the MSG command,

msg <user> \[/time:<seconds>\] \[/w\] \[/server:<server name>\] <message>

For example:

C:\> msg savillj /w Get off that computer John!

The /w switch will force the administrators session to pause until the user has clicked OK to the message.

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