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Windows Server 2003

Change the Telnet Banner

How can I change the Telnet banner seen when connecting to my Windows Server 2003 server via Telnet?

MS KB article 245095 has more:

When you use Telnet to connect to the a Windows 2000/2003-based server the following banner is displayed:

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Welcome to Microsoft Telnet Server.
C:'Documents and Settings'Administrator>

You can change your Telnet server to display a banner and run programs upon logon for all users by modifying the Login.cmd file. You can modify this file to run other programs (such as a different shell). The commands in the Login.cmd file are run for all users.

Note: You may also want to Change the IMAP4 Banner, Change the SMTP Banner or Change the POP3 Banner.

To change the prompt in the Telnet banner, follow these steps:

  1. Use any text editor (such as Notepad – see Free Notepad Replacements) to open the %SystemRoot%’System32’Login.cmd file.
  2. Modify the Telnet server banner or add the path and name of the program you want to run upon logon.

For example, you could change

​echo Welcome to Microsoft Telnet Server


​echo Welcome to Devine Telnet Server on Server: %computername%
  1. You could also add the following line at the end of the file to change the command prompt to reflect the name of the server in your Telnet session:
​prompt %computername%: $P$G
  1. Save the file, and then quit Notepad.
Welcome to Devine Telnet Server on Server: ZEUS
ZEUS: C:'Documents and Settings'Administrator>

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