Implement a logon policy


Implement a logon policy
Adesh Rampat

Organizations that are still using Windows 9.x workstations can enforce their network security policy through the use of logon banners, which include information about unauthorized users accessing the network. When a user logs off from the network a message should be displayed indicating that only authorized users should logon. This can be done using either one of the following procedures:

System policy editor

  • Run System Policy Editor


  • Then Click on File, Open registry


  • Double-click on local computer


  • Expand Windows Network


  • Expand logon


  • Check the logon Banner box


  • Check the Require validation from network for Windows access box


The Registry

Once the procedure above is conducted, you can go into the registry and examine two values that were created in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. By looking at the values, you can then create them without executing system policy editor. Here is how:

  • Run Regedit


  • Go

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  • to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWinlogon


  • Right click within the pane and select New String value to create the following:


    The first name should be LegalNoticeCaption. In here you can create a legal notice that will appear before the logon dialog box.

    The second name should be LegalNoticeText. In here you can create a statement that says "No Unauthorized Access Allowed".

  • Save the new entries


  • Exit

Adesh Rampat has 10 years experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association Of Internet Professionals, the Institute For Network Professionals, and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.

This was first published in February 2002

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