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How to hide the account from Windows Server 2008 Welcome screen

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Hi,

How can I hide/disable showing of the user accounts on server 2008 welcome screen?  Can't believe microsoft doesn't see this as a security risk, although it is small one but still, knowing the username is solved, now to the password, lol.

Anyways, I have googled and tried the SpecialAccounts->UserList registry edit and that doesn't seem to be working.

I hope it is super simple to fix and I am just not looking in the right place.

Thanks!
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by:ahmad2121
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try

gpedit.msc > Window Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options > Interactive Logon: Do not display last user

and

gpedit.msc > Admin Templates > System > Logon > Always Use Classic Logon

honestly, I can't say if they will do anything, but I think those are your only options. You could also set the "interactive logons: dc logons to cache" setting to 0.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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I would try, in your group policy.....Computer Settings > Admin Templates > System > Logon > Hide Entry Points for Fast User Switching....
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by:mwajdan
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Ahmad, Jay,

Tried all the suggested changes and it is still not working.  Also tried the following:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsserver2008r2general/thread/0f2fc7f0-ff2d-4bc8-9f53-68f1180baff2

I must be doing something wrong.
FYI:  This is a stand alone server and not part of ANY domain.  I am connecting to the computer via RDP NOT connecting directly.
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The username you see is sent by your client as part of NLA (network level authentication). I don't know of a way to turn this behavior off other than to set RDP to allow insecure (non-NLA) connections and connect from a Windows XP workstation that doesn't have the updated client... the username you see is either being specified in your RDP profile, or is just NLA passing your local credentials.

See http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-us/help/ea4680d1-6962-463b-b29b-351efa676f9e1033.mspx for more on NLA and how to see if your RDP client is using it...
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by:mwajdan
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Thanks, that was it.  Since I am causing the name to be populated it is really a non-issue now that I know that.
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