Is there a way to change the Server 2003 text on the start menu for TS users or for all users?

Posted on 2008-11-13
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
When my terminal server users logon they can see the server 2003 text on the start memu.  This makes me nervous since I dont really want my users knowing that they are loggin onto a server.  Is there a way to change this text?  Please see attached image for more information?
Question by:evansjam
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    Assisted Solution

    in taskbar and start menu properties check "show small icons in start menu"

    Or via registry (didn't test it)

    Author Comment

    Thanks, this sounds like a well good idea.  Now, is there a way that I can do this for my terminal server users without it affecting the administrators start menu?
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    Expert Comment

    Just apply the policy to user instead of machine then it won't affect the Administrator account.

    Author Comment

    I am really sorry to sound thick but how do I do that?
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    Accepted Solution

    In Active Directory, under your domain name. you have a list of folders which also has Account folder and Resource folder.  If you create a new GPO under Account folder, this GPO will apply base on users in that group.  If you create a new GPO under Resource folder then the GPO will apply base on machine.

    Author Closing Comment

    Many thanks, you both have been great
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    Expert Comment

    it seems there is no GPO directly for "show small icons in start menu"

    I found below page. Search for "Q: How can I enable the clock in the Taskbar for all remote sessions?"

    Here is quote from the page, see the note on the end.
    A: Before you go ahead and enable the clock, be sure to read this article, which explains why it might not be such a good idea after all:
    186505 - Terminal Server Client Taskbar Clock Not Enabled

    There's a GPO setting:

       User configuration - Administrative templates - Start Menu and Taskbar
       "Remove Clock from the system notification area"

    but disabling this setting will not force the clock to display in the system tray, it will only allow users to enable the clock if they have access to the system tray on the Terminal Server. And in most situations, they haven't. To force the display of the clock in the taskbar, you will need to modify a setting in the registry. Start regedit and go to


    You'll see a "Settings" value, which contains something like this:

       28 00 00 00 ff ff ff ff 02 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 6d 00 00 00 20 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 03 00 00 00 05 00 00 00 04 00 00

    The nineth pair of digits determines the Taskbar properties. Possible values are:

       Always on top                                 = 0x02  
       Auto hide                                     = 0x01
       Show small icons in Start menu                = 0x04
       Hide clock                                    = 0x08

    Combine the properties you want and set the byte. For example:

       Always on top + Show small icons + Show clock = 06  
       Always on top + Show small icons + Hide clock = 0e

    Note that the changes do not take effect immediately, you have to restart Explorer, or logoff and logon again to see the changes.       

    If you want to set this for all users, you'll have to export the registry key into a .reg file and import it into the user profile in a logon script. Start the logon script in your GPO to make sure that it runs (and imports the registry file) before Explorer is started.

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