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Display special logon messages in Windows 2000 Professional

Protect your system -- configure Windows 2000 Professional to display a special logon message warning unauthorized users to keep away from your system, or broadcast a specific message to your authorized users. Here's how.

You might have a problem prosecuting someone who hacks into your system or uses it without authorization unless you warn the intruder explicitly that access to the computer is restricted.

To cover your legal bases, you can configure Windows 2000 Professional to display a special logon message warning unauthorized users to keep away from your system. This warning message appears just prior to logon. If you're more interested in broadcasting a specific message to your authorized users than you are in warning potential crackers, you can also use this logon message for that purpose.

You configure the logon message through either the local security policy or domain security policy. If both are defined, the domain policy takes precedence. Follow these steps to set up your logon message (the local security policy permitting):

  1. Open the Local Security Policy console from the Administrative Tools folder.
  2. Open the \Local Policies\Security Options branch.
  3. Compose the text that you want displayed in the Message Title For Users Attempting To Log On dialog box.
  4. Set the message's title to whatever you want to appear in the dialog's Message Title For Users Attempting To Log On title bar.
  5. Close the console, log off, and then log back on to test the message.

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3 comments
aatramps
aatramps

I remember setting up just such a message years ago. Does XP have a similar feature?

donaldgagnon1
donaldgagnon1

My Think Pad used to be part of a company domain and when I use the Local Security Settings described here, the Domain settings still over ride it. Is there a way to remove the domain settings or modify them?? Thank you, Don

Double DeBo
Double DeBo

You can do the same in a domain enviornment for Windows 2000, 2003, and 2008 The location of the setting in GP Message text for users attempting to logon: Computer Configuration\Local Policies\Security Options\Interactive Logon\Interactive Logon: Message text for users attempting to log on - and for Message title for users attempting to log on: Computer Configuration\Local Policies\Security Options\Interactive Logon\Interactive Logon: Message title for users attempting to log on -

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