This article was previously published under Q310430
You can configure Windows Server to display a message to users when they log on. You can use the message display functionality to personalize the logon process, provide news or information, and for other similar purposes. The message appears after the user presses CTRL+ALT+DEL and disappears after the user clicks OK. After the message disappears, the user can complete the logon process.
How to Use a Group Policy Setting to Turn On the Message Display
To configure Windows Server to display a message, you can either use a Group Policy setting to configure a domain, an organizational unit, or a computer or you can use Registry Editor to modify the registry on the target computers.
Configuring a Group Policy Setting for a Domain
On the domain controller, start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
Right-click the domain object in the left pane, and then click Properties.
In the right pane, double-click legalnoticecaption, and then type the text that you want to appear in the title bar of the message dialog box.
In the right pane, double-click legalnoticetext, and then type the text that you want to appear in the message dialog box.
Close Registry Editor.
If you use a Group Policy setting to configure Windows Server to display a message when users log on, the operating system writes the registry changes that are described in the preceding section. However, the same registry values appear in the following registry key:
You can set the registry values described in the preceding section to this key to get the same results as if you configured a Group Policy setting. However, if you set the registry values in both registry keys, the values in the following registry key take precedence:
Note If you do not use carriage returns in your display message, the maximum number of characters that you can add to the logon box is 512. If you add carriage returns, you can add up to 2048 characters (512 characters per line).