Logon Message for AD Users

Posted on 2004-11-30
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I'm looking for a way to display a message to users when they log on to the domain... We are using AD in a university environment where users receive a mandatory profile when they log on and have a home drive mapped.  We'd like to be able to display logon messages to specific users or groups of users.  How can this be done?  Can it be set so that it shows up for each user once only, or so that it shows up on every log on until a set date?  Any info or a point in the right direction would be appreciated.
Question by:dlot
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    there isthe ability to make a message that shows up for all logins, but I am not aware of a quick setup for specific users that login - imagine that would be part of a login script for them specifically.

    But the way to make a login message for all users is this:

    go to domain security policy (on your domain controller - under admin tools)
    then - security settings - local policies - security options

    then you get a big list.

    look at the ones called 'message text ...'

    one for title, and one for the text. This is where you can set up a domain wide welcome message. You probably could do this for individual server with local security policy. But the domain policy would most likely over ride.

    Maybe this will get you into the right direction.

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    Actually, the above is showing you in the right direction. It is in your group policy.
    Only, you don't change it in the domain security policy...

    For example: you want all students to get a specific message:

    In AD add a new Organizational Unit (OU) (click your domain with your right mouse button and choose Add / Organizational Unit). Name it students.
    Copy all "student" users to the new OU.
    Right click on the new OU and choose properties.
    In the new windows, choose "Group Policy"
    Choose "Add" and give the new policy a name.
    Edit this policy as mentioned in the last comment by troyhicks
    You then tell AD that this policy is only in effect for the specific OU (and thus all users inside it).
    Make sure the domain group policy does not contain any text under "message text", because you might get a conflict between the two policies.

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    Another note: it is not posible to restrict the message to be shown once or till a certain date. You have to change the message manually when you don't want it to show anymore...
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    The article above show how to do this for all users or for users in an OU (specific users).  However, mydriel answers the other question about the specific date.


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    Didn't read the article... better twice the no answer :D

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    a little bit of all of your answers got me what I needed... thanks very much!

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