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Hiding user accts on server 2008


I am trying to hide the user accts on the welcome screen on server 2008.
I just want to show admin and another backup acct.

Any ideas?

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Are these machines part of a domain? If so, once you add the machine to the domain it should not show the Welcome splash screen anymore.

Take a look at the following link to do it manually via the registry.

Hope this helps!
RandyTechAuthor Commented:
No This server is a workgroup server
Rob WilliamsCommented:
So this is not small business server, correct?

Assuming that, then Spec01's recommendation is correct except with Server 2008 the key doesn't exist.
Disclaimer: Be aware registry changes can make you machine unusable, be sure you are familiar with doing so and backup the registry first.
Open regedit
browse to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
Create a new key named SpecialAccounts
Open that 'folder/key' create a new Key named UserList
Open that 'folder/key' and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value using the user's logon name
The value will default to 0, leave it as such to hide from the splash screen
Making Bulk Changes to Active Directory

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make mass changes to Active Directory from an external text file without using complicated scripts.

RandyTechAuthor Commented:
It is a small business server 2008 and it is not a domain.
I just don't want a user to walk by and be able to login to the
server console. Is there a way to hide the users at the welcome screen.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
It is not possible to have SBS and not be a domain controller.  As soon as you complete the install of SBS it becomes a domain controller.  Removing that role will cause it to shut down every hour on it's own after 21 days.

If it is server standard and not a domain controller the above will work.  If it is a domain controller it will not as there are no local accounts which is what the registry is modifying.
RandyTechAuthor Commented:
i will check to see and get back to you
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