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Inform users about ZENworks application distributions.
|Posted:||31 Jan 2007|
Please read the note from our friends in legal before using this file.
dtMsgBox.exe is simple tool for displaying message directly on top of current desktop.Distributing applications using workstation association can be problematic, since no indication is displayed to user. During distribution user might feel unexpected workstation slow down (since (s)he does not know what is going on in a background) and even do reboot causing unpredictable distribution result.
There were some CoolSolutions hints/tools in past (Not-so-Silent Install), but they all failed on workstation associated distributions, if NAL is using workstation credentials for distribution (default in ZEN7).
dtMsgBox.exe is simple tool for displaying message directly on top of current desktop, even if no user is logged in at workstation, workstation is locked or screen saver is active!
Displayed message window will stay on the top of Windows desktop and it is not selectable so it will not "steal" focus from user current application.
To display message on screen, call dtMsgBox.exe from Run Before Distribution script. Here is example using %*WinSysDir%\wscript.exe as script engine:
On Error Resume Next MSILine="""%TOOL_PATH%\dtMsgBox.exe"" Distributing application: "&chr(10)&"%*;App:Caption%" Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") WshShell.Run MSILine, 1,false
This script will display message box with 2 lines:
- line Distributing application:
- line <Name of your application>
To close window after distribution is finished, call dtMsgBox.exe without parameters from Run After Distribution script. Here is example using %*WinSysDir%\wscript.exe as script engine:
MSILine="""%TOOL_PATH%\dtMsgBox.exe""" Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") WshShell.Run MSILine, 1,false
Setting in ConsoleOne:
User screen before login:
User screen after login:
User screen - workstation locked:
In examples, %TOOL_PATH% is macro where you installed dtMsgBox.exe tool. Extra """ are used to enable path containing spaces.
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