In some cases, mostly during testing, I want to provide visual prompts within Task Sequence Steps during a Deployment with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). The common measures do not work (Popup appears behind MDT Progress Notification Windows, MsgBox and Wscript.Echo literally pause a script and do not display). So I built a custom prompting application, which can be called from any script or batch to provide updates:
PrompText.exe was built with AutoIt’s SplashText built-in Functionality. It allowed me to place the prompts on the upper-left hand side of the screen, which is out of the way of MDTs standard prompts.
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2 Arguments are required, 1st for Desired Text, and 2nd for Duration in Seconds Prompt appears.
* When calling application from vbscript, set the “Window” variable to 2 or above.
strCmd = “””” & strDestDir & “\PromptText-v1.0.exe”” “”Copied Install Files to Temp directory”” 5″
intRet = objShell.Run(strCmd, 2, True)