This article describes how to configure GSX Monitor to pop up message alerts on remote computers.
Windows based Operating Systems (OS) provide various tools to send and receive pop up alerts through the network. Starting with Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has introduced a new way to pop up messages on remote workstations to enhance security and reliability. Recent OS are now using a more secure command called "MSG" to send alerts rather than the legacy "Net Send".
The GSX Monitor pop up alert method relies on Windows native functions that can change depending on the OS version.
Natively, GSX Monitor relies on "Net Send" to pop up messages onto remote stations. It is important to understand that only if both the monitoring station and the targeted workstation's OS are "compatible with Net Send", the out of the box pop up alert feature will work as designed.
For example, a GSX monitoring station running Windows XP cannot natively pop up a message on a distant Windows 2008 Server, as the targeted OS no longer supports "Net Send". In this case, you have to use our recommended workaround. You can use a list of available variables for the alert profiles to customize the pop up message.
GSX Monitor running on an OS prior to Windows Vista/Server 2008 only supports the "legacy" pop up message system based on "Net Send". GSX Monitor running on more recent OS only supports pop up message based on the "MSG" command.
Windows XP/Windows Server 2003 systems and earlier:
For "Net Send" compatible Operating Systems, use the Alert Profile Manager to configure a "Pop Up Message Alert":
Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 systems and above:
For "MSG" compatible Operating Systems, use the Alert Profile Manager to configure a "Program" rather than using the GSX out of the box "Pop Up Message Alert":
Use "MSG", command located in the %Windir%\System32 folder, to create a program as described below to pop up messages on remote stations: