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How can I modify the text that the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack's initial screen displays?

A. The default SMS dialog box that appears when an OS Deployment starts simply displays an SMS logo. However, you can use the dialog box to display additional information to the end user. To do so, you need to create the additional information and store it in a Rich Text Format (RTF) document on a network share. You can specify a different document for each OS program definition (You can learn more about OS program definitions in the FAQ "How can I capture an OS image by using the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack?" ). To replace the contents of the initial screen's dialog box with your own text, perform these steps:

  1. Right-click the specific SMS OS Deployment program that you've created according to the steps in the FAQ mentioned earlier. (Systems Management Server, Site Database, Image Packages, <OSD Package name>, Programs, <specific program>) and select Properties.
  2. Select the User Notification tab.
  3. Click Browse in the section for selecting the .rtf document you want to display (by default, SMS uses the osdsample.rtf file).
  4. Select the file you want to display from its Universal Naming Convention (UNC) location, as the figure shows and click OK.
  5. Click OK on the main program properties screen.
  6. Update the distribution points by right-clicking the Distribution Points branch of the OS package and selecting All Tasks, Update Distribution Points.

When you create the .rtf document, note that its content isn't auto-wrapped to fit in the displayed window area, so you might need to experiment to ensure the content doesn't go horizontally off the screen. The figure shows an example of a custom SMS startup screen.

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