How to set up an interactive log on message in windows 10

If you need to set a custom interactive log on message for your users using Windows 10 computers for legal or any other purposes there are a couple of ways you can accomplish that. If you only have a few computers in your network you can set the message individually on each computer using the Local Security Policy console, but if you have a large network of computers then doing it through a Group Policy makes more sense.

In this tutorial I will show you how you can do both.

Using the Local Security Policy

To setup the message individually on each computer using the Local Security Policy console go to Control Panel > System  > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy  > Local Policies > Security Options there are two policies you need to change. The first one is the Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on  and the other is  Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on

The message text

Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on

The title text:

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Sign off the computer and you should get the custom message after pressing the Alt+Control+Delete keys:

Windows 10 logon message

Using GPO

To setup the interactive log on message using a Group Policy, login to your domain controller ( I’m using Windows Server 2016 for this tutorial) and open your Group Policy Management console, Right-click your Default Domain policy object or any other custom object you might be using and click on Edit:

group policy console

Navigate to this path:

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

GPO console Windows 2016

Add the text and the title for your custom message. Close the GPO console when you are done.

Updating the policy

If you want the policy to take effect right away, open the command prompt on the computer and type gpupdate /force and the policy should update:

command prompt updating GPO

Now every time your users logon to the network they will get the interactive message:

custom interective message

Conclusion

Setting up an interactive logon message is required in many industries sometimes. Also I believe this is a good way to advertise your network policies to your users. I hope this tutorial was useful helping you accomplishing that.

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