Displaying a User Notice in Instant Messages

Topic Last Modified: 2009-02-27

For legal reasons, or perhaps simply to brand Communicator Web Access with your organizational identity, administrators can create a user notice that appears in each and every Conversation window. This message appears directly below the list of conversation participants each time a user opens a Conversation window, and the message remains visible for as long as the window is open.

You cannot use the Communicator Web Access snap-in to configure the user notice. UserNotice is a WMI property that you can configure only by using WMI. If you are familiar with system administration scripting, you can write a VBScript or Windows PowerShell script to set the user notice. Alternatively, you can use Wbemtest.exe, a WMI tool included in the Windows operating system, to configure the user notice.

To add a user notice by using Wbemtest.exe

  1. Log on to a computer that is running Communicator Web Access. To add a user notice, you must log on as a member of the local Administrators group and the RTCUniversalServerAdmins group.

  2. Click Start, and then click Run.

  3. In the Run dialog box, type wbemtest, and then press ENTER.

  4. In the Windows Management Instrumentation Tester, click Connect.

  5. In the Connect dialog box, type root\default\rtccwa_repository in the Namespace box, and then press ENTER.

  6. In the Windows Management Instrumentation Tester, click Open Class.

  7. In the Get Class Name dialog box, type MSFT_CWASiteSetting in the Enter Target Class Name box, and then press ENTER.

  8. In the Object Editor for MSFT_CWASiteSetting dialog box, select Hide System Properties, and then click Instances.

  9. All of the virtual servers installed on the computer are displayed in the Query Result dialog box. To view the properties for a particular virtual server, double-click the server name.

  10. In the Object editor dialog box, select UserNotice, and then click Edit Property.

  11. In the Property Editor dialog box, type a new value (for example, Instant messaging conversations are subject to the rules and regulations of Contoso, Ltd.) in the Value box, and then click Save Property.


    Your message cannot contain more than 256 characters.

  12. In the Object Editor dialog box, click Save Object.


    To delete the user notice, repeat the procedure, this time deleting all the text in the UserNotice property.