I want to change the logon screen (before user login) using bginfo
You will need to tell BGinfo to modify the desktop background of the logon desktop (ctrl-alt-del screen). This setting will be stored inside the file c:\Temp\Wallpaper\MSH-DOM.bgi as soon as you select "File" -> "Save As" inside the BGinfo GUI.
So, launch BGInfo. Click on the button "Desktops" in the lower righthand corner.
Inside the "Desktops" dialogue box check your wallpaper modifications. There are three of them and each of these three items can have one of 3 settings.
The 3 wallpaper modifications are:
+ User Desktop
+ Logon Desktop for Console users
+ logon Desktop for Terminal Services users
The 3 settings for each modification are:
+ Update this wallpaper
+ Do not alter this wallpaper
+ Change this wallpaper to '(None)'
Assuming your system is not a Terminal Server, you will need to change the item Logon Desktop for Console users to the value Update this wallpaper.
Confirm by clicking on OK, then Apply. Save the modified settings to your BGI file as well.
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Using Group Policy Preferences to control multiple BGinfo scripts
I wanted to apply a different BGinfo-scripted background image as the wallpaper depending on what system a user was logging into, all using a single Group Policy.
This means that all servers are set to have a uniform background colour, but users on regular PCs are still be able to use any custom wallpaper on other computers without having to re-set it after each login.
While it is probably possible to create long-winded batch scripts to do what I wanted, it’s a lot easier to use the Group Policy Preferences (GPP) file options to control which BGinfo script is given to which systems.
One thing worth noting about GPP file control: I found that you have to use the “Replace” action rather than “Update” in Group Policy Preferences, as the targeted systems only update file attributes when using the “Update” action.
Step 1: BGinfo Scripts
- Create the BGinfo scripts, and then put them in a network share that any authenticated user can access.
- The BGinfo.exe file will also need to be in this share.
Step 2: Group Policy Preferences
- Create Group Policy User Preference entries for your .bgi files and BGinfo.exe
- Optionally: apply item-level targeting if you want to limit which systems this preference applies to
- I organise my systems into OUs (Organisational Units), but it’s easy to target specific Operating Systems if you prefer
Step 3: Logon Script
Finally, create the logon script to create the BGinfo background image every time a user logs in:
Click the “Show Files…” button and create a new batch file in the folder that opened in Explorer (e.g. bginfo.bat). Then open the batch file in your favourite text editor and paste the following line into it. (Modify the paths and filenames as required.)
Then close the text editor and Explorer window, click the “Add…” button, and select the batch file you just created.