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  • Change WS2008 logon screen to 2003/XP style?

    I absolutely *hate* the WS2008 logon screen for domain joined servers. It takes several clicks to logon, plus the available domains are not listed. I can't see how anyone in their right mind thought the change could be good. How can I revert the logon screen back to the 2003/XP style with the drop-down for the domains?

  • #2
    Re: Change WS2008 logon screen to 2003/XP style?

    I personally don't know if this can be done, but if you find a way do let us know...
    Cheers,

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
    MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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    • #3
      Re: Change WS2008 logon screen to 2003/XP style?

      I search all over the net I couldn't really find a way doing so.
      I am tried looking and I don't have the time for this, I think I'll just open an SA support Ticket, let them deal with it.
      I'll keep you posted on the results

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      • #4
        Re: Change WS2008 logon screen to 2003/XP style?

        Found this in the policies, but it does not apply.

        Always use classic logon

        Setting Path:
        Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/Logon

        Supported On:
        At least Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003 family

        This setting forces the user to log on to the computer using the classic logon screen. By default, a workgroup is set to use the simple logon screen. This setting only works when the computer is not on a domain.
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        • #5
          Re: Change WS2008 logon screen to 2003/XP style?

          Do not display last logged on user, bring back the usernamme/pasword box.
          Yet the overall look and feel is still Windows Server 2008.
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          • #6
            Re: Change WS2008 logon screen to 2003/XP style?

            here is the official response I got from Microsoft Premier Support.
            it doesn't look promising.

            Microsoft Support Case SRZ080804000113

            This is in continuation to my previous email.

            According to your problem description, it appears that you have Windows Server 2008 and want to revert its logon screen to the old 2003/XP style with drop-down options for domains being listed on it, as it was in Windows Server 2003 ?

            It is not possible to get exact same look because the Gina functionality from Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has been deprecated and removed from Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. However, you can use a few policies to get a similar functionality & feeling.

            These are 2 policies found under [Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options] :-

            (1) Interactive logon: Do not display last user name
            This security setting determines whether the name of the last user to log on to the computer is displayed in the Windows logon screen.
            If this policy is enabled, the name of the last user to successfully log on is not displayed in the Log On to Windows dialog box.
            If this policy is disabled, the name of the last user to log on is displayed.
            Default: Disabled

            (2) Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL
            This security setting determines whether pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL is required before a user can log on.
            If this policy is enabled on a computer, a user is not required to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log on. Not having to press CTRL+ALT+DEL leaves users susceptible to attacks that attempt to intercept the users' passwords. Requiring CTRL+ALT+DEL before users log on ensures that users are communicating by means of a trusted path when entering their passwords.
            If this policy is disabled, any user is required to press CTRL+ALT+DEL before logging on to Windows (unless they are using a smart card for Windows logon).
            Default: Disabled

            You can set these policy settings, both local or via domain group policy.

            Once you configure these policies, a user will have to enter his/her credentials. You will not have the capability to view a list of domains but you can login to other domains using "Domain\Username" syntax, so the functionality is almost the same.

            Kindly refer to following links for more information :-
            (1) Windows 2008 Server Logon Screen :- http://forums.technet.microsoft.com/...-3ee8f7525f1c/
            (2) Microsoft Graphical Identification and Authentication (GINA) :- http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb756900.aspx
            (3) Interactive logon: Do not display last user name :- http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window...358ae1033.mspx
            (4) Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL :- http://technet2.microsoft.com/window....mspx?mfr=true

            Please let me know if the above information is helpful and reply on how to proceed from here-on.

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            • #7
              Re: Change WS2008 logon screen to 2003/XP style?

              Originally posted by Akila View Post
              I absolutely *hate* the WS2008 logon screen for domain joined servers. It takes several clicks to logon, plus the available domains are not listed. I can't see how anyone in their right mind thought the change could be good. How can I revert the logon screen back to the 2003/XP style with the drop-down for the domains?
              I do hate it too but there is simply no way ...

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