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How do I configure a group policy to display a message for users attempting to log on?

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I would like to display a message before each user logs on.  

I believe I have to change:
1) Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on
2) Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on

However, I don't know how to configure the group policy on the 2008-r2 Server to display the message.

Your help is greatly appreciated!
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by:Mike Kline
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You got it right, more info here   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc779661(v=ws.10).aspx

So you have to create a group policy for your computers

 Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\.

You should test it first to make sure everything looks good before deploying domain wide.

Thanks

Mike
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I checked both of your solutions.  The "Legal notice" caption does appear when I log on to the Server.  But it does not display the caption for users logging on to there workstation computer.  I did try "gpupdate /force", to no avail.  

I checked Active Directory Users and Computers, and even though I "right click" on various objects, there is no "Group Policy" tab.
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I would prefer not having to physically go to 30 computers and do this manually on each one.
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The information given is for Windows Server 2003.  I followed the instructions:

1) Start Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in
2) Right click the domain object in the left pane
3) Left click properties
3) Click the "Group Policy" tab.  Here is where I run into a problem.  There is no "group policy" tab.
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by:Tony Massa
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You need to install the GPMC tools to configure Group Policy from an XP or 2003 server.
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21895

If you are managing GPO from a 2008/Vista/Windows computer, you'll have to install the RSAT Group Policy Management tools.  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Group-Policy-management-for-IT-pros#BKMK_GroupPolicyManagementConsole
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by:LessonsLearned
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Group Policy Management is already installed and enabled on the Server.
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then

start >> run >> gpmc.msc  should open it up for you
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by:LessonsLearned
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Okay.  I got it to work now.  Here are the exact steps:

Just like you said above:
Click start
Click Run
type: gpmc.msc
Click Ok

Then, continuing further:

1) Click Default Domain Policy
2) Click Edit
3) Click Computer Configuration
4) Click Policies
5) Click Windows Settings
6) Click Security Settings
7) Click Local Policies
8) Click Security Options
9) In the right window pane, click "Interactive Logon: Message title ..."
10) Type the title of the message and click ok
11) In the right window pane, click "Interactive Logon: Message text ..."
12) Type the message text and click ok
13) Click Apply
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Thanks for your help!
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by:Mike Kline
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No problem...noticed you went for it at the domain level without testing...like the boldness :)
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