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Using Group Policy to Configure Legal Notices In The Domain Computers

Group policy has been ranked as the highly preferable software in the world of IT as well in the world of business. Group policy functions to enable the network administrator, who is in control of Microsoft’s active dictionary, for implementing particular configurations for the users and computers. Group policy is the part of group policy objects and is connected to those containers of active dictionary, which are sites domains and the organizational units. Group policy has been labeled as one of the top reasons for using Active Dictionary as it allows the administrator to manage users and computer objects. The settings existing in group policy objects are examined by affected targets and this uses the hierarchical feature of Active Directory.

Group policy has placed the administrators on the authority to decide what activities a user can perform using the network which can include files, folders and application that can be accessed. Group policy objects is basically a group of users and the computer settings and is managed by using a central interface called the Group Policy Management Console. Command line tools like gpresult and gpupdate can also be used to administer group policy.

Configuring legal notices on domain computers can also be done using group policy. Actually there are two methods of configuring legal notices on domain computers. One is to use group policy and the other is to write a script and executing it at the logon. Using group policy is relatively easier than writing a script to be executed. Here are steps for configuration:

  1. By using your administrator account login to the domain controller machine.
  2. Then choose start. This will take you to administrative tools, which will further lead you to group policy management. When the option of domain appears click ‘domain’ and then ‘create a GPO in this domain, and link it here’ option.
  3. After this you create a policy named Logon_Banner and click Ok.
  4. Under the policy Logon_Banner click on edit. When Group Policy Management Editor appears, select computer configurations and then expand policies. This is step is followed by expanding windows, then expanding security settings and then the local policies. Under local policies click security options.
  5. On the right pane you will see the policy Interactive Logon: Message text for users attempting to log on.
  6. This is security setting which includes a text massage that gets displayed when a user logs on. This log on text can be displayed to the user before he logs in. after this select apply and then Ok.
  7. If you will again look on the right pane the policy Interactive Logon : Message title for users attempting to log on appears. This is security setting that displays title in the title bar of the window which also includes interactive logon. Here you will type the title text and will click on apply and then Ok.
  8. Following this you are required to open the command prompt and execute the command gpupdate.
  9. You will now have to log off from the client computer. After you have logged off hold CTRL+ALT and press DEL. You will have to find the log on banner after this. Then select Ok to login to the computer.

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