Re: Should Messenger Service Be Disabled in Network Environment?

You certainly can enable it if you find it useful but beware that some users 
on the network like to send out naughty/abusive messages to everyone or 
specific users. You certainly could have a policy to not tolerate such and I 
believe an event is recorded in the application or system log of the 
receiving computer that shows the source of the message. Computers that have 
their Windows Firewall enabled will not receive the messages unless the 
proper exception is enabled in the firewall which could be from specific IP 
addresses only such as administrative workstations.  --- Steve

<noneya22@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
>I have a small networking with a SBS 2003 Premium server and Windowx XP
> Pro (w/ SP2) clients.  I have noticed that the Messenger service is
> disabled.  I'm not sure if this is the default or is a side effect of
> installing SP2, but I would like to know if there are any security
> issues I should be concerned with since all my clients are behind a
> firewall.  It would be convenient to use this service to send messages
> (for our internal use), but it isn't an absolute requirement if this
> would be considered risky in my networking scenario.  Any help would be
> much appreciated.
> Thanks!