Note: I’ve since come up with something much better, which dynamically generates the content. You can see it in the post: Debian/Ubuntu: Dynamic MOTD.
Configuring a “Welcome Banner” is a great way to notify your users about the machine they are about to login to. I personally use this to inform the user of the IP, Hostname, OS version and someone to contact.
Edit the file under “/etc/motd”.
Change this to something informative such as the below:
======================================== = Welcome to Hitchcock = = IP: 10.10.10.10 = = Hostname: hitchcock.example.com = = OS: Debian 5.01/Lenny = ========================================
Just a short one this, but useful to know.