Some background to serve a purpose

Had some discussions today about how to set a “wallpaper” that would be shown on a Windows Server 2003 box, very useful if you have MANY servers, and you want to know which one you’re connecting to – using a KVM switch, for example.

I’d done that previously, but couldn’t remember how I’d done it.

And so – after re-finding out – I thought I’d blog about it, for later reference   [feel free to skip/ignore]

  1. Create a wallpaper, and save as BMP.    Often useful to have the Server Name, Domain, IP Address, etc.
  2. Open the Registry Editor (regedit)
  3. Navigate to the following key :
    • HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper
  4. Set the path and filename for the wallpaper you’ve created (see below)

Voila !

This BMP will then be shown as the “default” wallpaper – ie. when no-one is logged onto the server.


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