How to create a banner/welcome-note for SSH server

We can create banner/welcome-note for SSH server simply by adding a text file in ‘/etc/ssh/’ location which contails the content as welcome-note.
Do follow the steps below:
Step 1: Create the text file which has your welcome note under ‘/etc/ssh/’ location.

[root@localhost ~]# cd /etc/ssh/
[root@localhost ssh]# touch welcome.txt
[root@localhost ssh]# echo ":::Hai, Welcome to crybit's SSH:::" > welcome.txt 
[root@localhost ssh]# cat welcome.txt 
:::Hai, Welcome to crybit's SSH:::

Step 2: Add the Banner file details in your SSH configuration file:

ssh conf file : /etc/ssh/sshd_config
[root@localhost ~]# vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config
#Banner none
Banner /etc/ssh/welcome.txt

Step 3: Reatart the SSH daemon:

[root@localhost ~]# service sshd restart
[root@localhost ~]# /etc/init.d/sshd restart

Try to ssh you will get the welcome note 🙂

[root@localhost ~]# ssh localhost
:::Hai, Welcome to crybit's SSH:::
root@localhost's password:

That’s it..! 🙂 🙂

Related Links:
How to manage SSH permission for custom users under your server
How to disable SSH login as root user – PermitRootLogin

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Arunlal Ashok

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