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Hi,
I have set up a new physical server (Server 2012 R2) as a Hyper-V host and have created several VMs also running Server 2012 R2.
I have been playing with group policy and thought it would be fun (and a good way to learn a bit more about how to use GPO) to personalise each of the servers a bit. I have discovered that I can change the Lock Screen using GPO in the Default Domain Policy with:
Computer Configuration> Policies> Administrative Templates Policy> Control Panel> Personalization, and enabling "Force a specific default lock screen image". ...and it works!
I set it to a specific file that suited the name of the DC (i.e. I have named the DC 'Zeus', and have used a picture of Disney's Zeus character as the lock screen.)
It is all very cool...except I thought ... 'I wonder how I would set the lock screen on the other servers?' ... and while I was pondering this, the next day I had Zeus grinning at me from the lock screen of ALL the servers! Doh! (slaps forehead).

So, I understand what I did wrong, but I can't work out how to set a different lock screen for each server. Is there a way to add a computer (i.e. server) to an OU? I can create a GPO and link it to an OU. If I can somehow put the server in the OU it will work.
Or can I use Item-level Targeting? I've used that for Drive Mapping in Preferences, but I don't think I can do it with Policies.

Any thoughts?
Cheers,
Greg
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Will Szymkowski earned 2000 total points
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The quickest way to get account this is using the Security Filtering for this policy. By default Authenticated Users is used (this includeds both users and computers). Remove this and add the computer account to the security filtering for "Zeus". Once you have done this you can do to one of your servers and from gpupdate /force and the screen lock should be removed.

It is a computer based policy and most require to be at least logged off and or reboot. In this case it might not.

Will.
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Excellent...and it was simple too! Thanks heaps. The only extra trick was that I had to tick 'Computer' in the object type list before it found 'Zeus'. So now I have Zeus and Apollo with different lock screens (now I just need to find suitable images for Hermes, Atlas and Kronos). Works a charm, thanks.
Cheers,
Greg
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By the way... 'gpupdate /force' required a logoff
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