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I want to create a custom Message when the user logs into Windows 7 - Preferably a GPO because I need different messages for different machines.  I'm running Imprivata (Single Sign On) so I'm not sure if this will be an issue.  I just want some Text to pop up as the user logs in.  Is this possible?
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by:Chris Millard
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Yes it should be possible using GPO. See this link - http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/02/08/deploying-legal-notices-to-domain-computers-using-group-policy.aspx

You could group computers into separate containers and apply a GPO with a different message to each OU
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That's for a 2003 server.  I have 2012  with windows 7 and I need it for various departments.
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It will work on 2012 too. In Group Policy Editor, go to:-

Computer Configuration->Policies->Windows Settings->Security Settings->Local Policies->Security Options

As I mentioned above, create an OU for each department, and assign a separate group policy with a different logon text message to each of those OUs.
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Here's a step-by-step guide (with screenshots) courtesy of Technet: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6030.windows-7-how-to-show-a-custom-text-message-before-logon-through-group-policy-preferences.aspx

Although the article is for Server 2008, the steps are near identical for 2012.
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THANKS EVERYONE! :)
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Of course if you don't want separate OUs for each department, you could still create a GPO for each different logon message, and use the Security Filtering option to assign the GPO to security groups.
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