Solaris versions 2.0–2.3 and Solaris 2.4–higher differ in how they set up the pre-login message. These instructions are for Solaris 2.4–higher. For Solaris 2.0–2.3, see “Customizing the Login Message (Solaris 2.0-2.3)” .
The contents of the file /etc/issue are displayed before the login prompt of all incoming serial port dial-in and telnet connection by the program login. /etc/issue is a plain, ASCII file and can be edited with any text editor.
Example: If /etc/issue contains the following information
This is the contents of the /etc/issue file on sunhost.
then a user initiating a telnet session to sunhost (telnet sunhost) would see the following output.
Trying 22.214.171.124 ... Connected to ...