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Hello all,
I have a client that their users only access the servers (Microsoft 2003 and 2000 standard editions) via terminal services (remote desktop connection).  Of course some of the users are confused, once they sign onto the terminal services of which screen they are on - terminal services or desktop PC screen.
I would like to do two things:
1)  Create a box that appears once they logged on to terminal services where the screen is blank and the user MUST click on OK button to acknowledge that they are going to this terminal services system.
2)  I want to create a desktop theme that all users must have that will have a combination of two banners (from the canned software) and some a little bit of text explaining that they are in the terminal services area.
How can this be done?
I am not very good on the "creative" side of things, I am definitely more analytical.
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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Do you need the informational box AFTER they log into the session, or is before they log in okay, e.g. a box pops up with a message and they have to hit OK before they get to the login screen?

You can use Paint or something to create a bitmap file showing what you want.  Then you can set the desktop the way you want it using a generic user, then copy that to the all users and default users profiles.  Using group policy, you can prevent people from changing the desktop.  
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by:Kelly_W
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Hello,
For the box I want it after they logon but before the desktop comes up.
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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by:Kelly_W
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Hello,
For the paint proposal, are you allowed an OK button that forces the user to click on it?
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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The paint was just to create a background, which is what your second question asked about.

I don't think there's an easy way to address your first question unless you were to create a script (such as here http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=14865).

An easy way that won't have an Okay box, would be to put a text or wordpad document into the startup folder for all users.  In the document you could just explain something like "You have just logged into a terminal server session.  Blah blah blah.  You may close this document at any time."
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by:Kelly_W
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Hello all,
I just created my very first script, and it looks pretty darn good.  Exactly what I wanted.
Now on the background, how can you put two different pictures into a paint file.  I am not very proficient at paint whatsoever.
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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Exactly what I needed.
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