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I Want Windows Server 2012 to Show Domain Users’ Previous Logon Information While Logging On

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By default the Windows Server 2012 is not configured to display the users’ previous logon information in the domain environment.

However, if you want the domain client computers to display the previous log on information to the users before they are allowed to log on to the domain in order to make it easy to track their usage activities, you can follow the instructions given in this tutorial.

Here is how you can configure the Windows Server 2012 to display the users’ previous log on information when they re-logon on the domain client computers the next time:

  1. Log on to the Windows Server 2012 Active Directory domain controller with the Enterprise Admin for Domain Admin account.

  2. If not already started, initialize the Server Manager window by clicking its icon from the
    bottom left corner of the window in the taskbar.

  3. On the opened Server Manager window, from the top right corner, click Tools from the menu bar.

  4. On the displayed list, go to Group Policy Management.



  5. On the opened Group Policy Management console, from the left pane, expand Forest > Domains, and then expand the domain name. (MYDOMAIN.COM for this demonstration.).

  6. From the expanded list, right-click the domain name.

  7. From the displayed context menu, click the Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here option.



  8. On the opened New GPO box, specify a self-explanatory name for the GPO in the Name field.

  9. From the Source Starter GPO drop-down list, choose a starter GPO of your choice if you have created any.



  10. Once done, click OK to create and link the new GPO to the target domain or OU.

  11. Once this is done, right-click the newly created GPO.

  12. From the displayed context menu, click Edit.



  13. On the opened Group Policy Object Editor, from the left pane, under the Computer Configuration, locate and select Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Logon Options.



  14. Once the Windows Logon Options container is selected, from the right pane, double-click the Display information about previous logons during user logon policy.

  15. On the opened box, click to select the Enabled radio button.



  16. Click OK to confirm the settings.

  17. Close the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in.

  18. Finally close the Group Policy Management console as well.

  19. Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to initialize the Run command box.

  20. In the available field in the Run command box, type the GPUPDATE /FORCE command and press Enter key in order to update the group policy settings.


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