what is the best way (if any) to deploy software before the user receives a login prompt? Ideally i would like to present the users with a message the next time they reboot that says: 'please wait while we install application x".... once done, the job could either reboot or show the login prompt.
there is not really a way to have a message be displayed at logon telling the end user what you are doing. See the attached for what you can do in swd as it pertains to a delay till next logon.
Thanks for the quick response Ty.
the message display prior to login is really not as important as actually installing prior to user login, which appears is not possible to with Landesk.
i'm familiar with the 'delay until next login' but i believe that runs once the user logs in... I was looking for something that works similar to the a group policy deployment which delays the logon prompt until the deployment is completed.
According to this ER it is under review http://community.landesk.com/support/ideas/1610. You do have the ability to use the local scheduler to install during logoff (not sure that will help). Also, be careful as a lot of applications may not install correctly before login.
A suggestion would be to a script that creates a registry key in the "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce" section.
Now of course this would require some testing, but if it works it'll run/install the application and then once it's finished (assuming it's silent) the logon prompt will appear after it completes.