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By mkabus ·
On a 2000 member server is there any way to have a self made notice pop up on any users screen that connects to the server. This is a highly confidential server and our legal department want's this notice to pop up on any user that connects immediately.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Pop up Confidentiality No ...

Well, I can't think of a way to send a popup to the connected party, but I can think of a way to send a popup to a specific user or administration workstation.
You can set up an Alert to always run on this server to monitor the Server Work Queues: Current Clients. This counter is what records the current number of connections to a server. So, when no one is connected to a machine, it is zero; when someone opens a shared folder on the server, this counter goes up to 1, since there is one connected "client". This will include all connections to any shared folder on the machine. You can't say to only monitor certain shares; it is all or nothin'!
This is the counter that reflects the Shared Folders - Sessions list in Computer Management.
So, you can open up Performance Logs and Alerts in Computer Management, right click Alerts and choose New Alert.
Give it a name (like "User Connections).
On the General tab, click Add, and then in Performace Object, choose Server Work Queues. Then click Current Clients (make sure that the right side of this Select Counters window has Select Instances From List selected, and have 0 highlighted, NOT Blocking Queue). Click Add to add the counter, then Close.
The counter \\MACHINENAME\Server WorkQueues(0)\Current Clients should be in the Counters box now.
Ok. In the Alert when the value is box, choose Over and set the Limit to 0.
I also recommend changing the Sample Data Every option to something larger than 5 seconds. Push it out to several minutes.

Next, click the Action tab. Click the selection box for Send A Network Message To, and put in a user name or administrative workstation that you want to get these popup messages. I sugges if you have a central workstation that you do admin stuff from, to send the messages here.
Click Ok to run it. The alert will be green when running, and red when not.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Pop up Confidentiality No ...

Try it out.
Now, I admit this is not the most glamorous way to do this. In fact, it might be more annoying to do this then the legal department thinks, but this will work.

hope this helps

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by mkabus In reply to Pop up Confidentiality No ...

Thanks very much I think this should do the job...

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Pop up Confidentiality No ...

Hi,

Just to add to Joseph's message... You cant make a popup happen on a Windows 98 machine (or 95) unless its configured to accept them.

There is a utility on the Win98 machine called (funnily enough) winpopup but it isn't enabled by default.It would need to be either manually started every time the user boots and logs in or better still, added to the machine's startup.

I guess what I'm saying is that without ensuring this is running on any Win98 machines that connect, you wont be sure they'll receive the message - and legally, I guess wont be able to suggest that the person was definitely "warned" about the sensitivity of the data...

Cheers,
Tim.

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by mkabus In reply to Pop up Confidentiality No ...

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by SyscoKid In reply to Pop up Confidentiality No ...

Just set LegalNoticeCaption and LegalNoticeText in the registry of each machine (or using policies) and they'll get a popup on login. See here:

http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/22/

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by mkabus In reply to Pop up Confidentiality No ...

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