Microsoft Management Console Interactive Logon

By | June 13, 2009

For those of you that use your computers a lot, there are many good reasons why you don’t want anyone simply accessing it and messing with your stuff. Today’s post will be how to add a custom interactive logon message to your computer using Microsoft Management Console (MMC), which is a utility for the system administrator (you).

Most often it is large corporations that will want to do this. I’d imagine many federal laws state that if you want the right to prosecute someone for unauthorized use or access of your system, you must post a warning before logging on to the system. If you are not legally obligated to add a security warning, you might want to just add a funny message upon login. If you use laptops primarily, this feature might come in handy.

Here are the easy steps for setting up an interactive logon message:

  • Navigate to Start>Run
  • Type in mmc then press OK

run-microsoft-management-console

  • In the Microsoft Management Console press Add/Remove Snap-in from the file menu

add-remove-snap-in

  • Click Add and then click on the group policy object editor

group-policy-object-editor

  • On the Select Group Policy Object dialogue box find your computer’s name and press Finish

group-policy-object-dialog-box

  • Click close, and then OK
  • Now you should see the following:

local-computer-policy-console

  • Now locate the Computer Configuration>Windows Settings>Security Settings>Local Policies>Security Options
  • Click on Interactive Logon: Message Title for users attempting to log on.

security-options-interactive-logon

  • From the action menu, choose Properties
  • Type a header into this field. This will appear in the title bar of your warning message. This text should be 30 characters or less.
  • Click Apply, then OK
  • Select  the “Interactive Logon” – Message text for users attempting to log on.
  • From the action menu choose Properties
  • In the text box type in your security warning or any message you want.

interactive-logon-message

  • Press Apply, then click OK, but do not save the console if you are prompted to do so.
  • Now you can log off and then back on to the system to see your message.
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