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Is it possible to show the hostname of the computer on the Windows Server 2008 login screen?

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Are you looking to permanently show the hostname? If not, you can get the hostname by typing .\ in the username box. This will start a local logon and where it normally says "Log on to: DOMAIN" it will display the hostname. –  tfitzgerald Aug 30 '11 at 12:59
    
I would prefer to permanently show the hostname to match our Linux servers. –  Mark Aug 31 '11 at 8:11
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Apparently, you can use the BGInfo utility to do this, by setting it as the login screen background. I've only ever used BGInfo as wallpaper, so that I know which server I'm RDP-ed into, but there's a guide available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897557.

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If you do Switch User->Other User and click on the link that says "How do I logon to another domain?" it will give you the hostname there.

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In the username field if you type a . it will show the local machine name below the password prompt.

It's also a good shortcut to logging in locally on a domain (eg .\administrator )

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