How to display a message when user logs in

  • 7014433
  • 20-Jan-2014
  • 20-Jan-2014


Novell Client 2 SP3 for Windows


The administrator wants to display a message, such as a security or information message, when users login to a workstation.


Two possible solutions are:
  • Windows Group Policy
  • Novell CoolSolutions Cool Tool
The Windows Group Policy will display a message upon boot-up of the machine before the user logs on, while the Novell CoolSolutions Cool Tool will display a message during the execution of the Novell login script.

Windows Group Policy

Windows provides a Group Policy that "specifies a text message that is displayed to users when they log on after booting the workstation."

1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes.

2. Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options

3. Modify the following two policies to set the message title and text you want to appear when a user starts the workstation:
Interactive Logon: Message text for users attempting to log on
Interactive Logon: Message title for users attempting to log on


Novell CoolSolutions Cool Tool

Executing the Novell Cool Solutions Cool Tool "Box.exe" in the login script "creates an attention-getting message box from the login-script."

1. Download Box.exe.

2. Copy Box.exe to the sys:public directory (or other location available while logging in)

3. Configure the login script to run box.exe, such as
#\\server\sys\public\box.exe <options>