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I am putting together an HTA that uses vbscript for running task on Active Directory.  I have one task that creates a new user, assignes all standard properties for our domain, and creates the new users home directory folder.  I want to put a status message on the page that will show what the task is currently doing.  I found a vbscript file that creates an Internet explorer window and displays defined messages as the process runs but this only works from a command prompt.  After decifering the script I see that it is using the wscript.sleep * command to designate the process to pause for * milliseconds, this give the interface a chance to refresh and display the message.  Is there any way to access this from inside the vbscript in a hta application?  If no is there anything else that can be used to give the same effect?
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hmm... Interestning thing you doing there, If I knew what that VBScript file has inside I might be able to help you out

briefly what I would do is: I'd use
dim win
win=window.open("page.html","options")

and then you can manipulate any object/layer in that "page.html" file by calling
win.document.getElementbyId("obID").innerText=currentTask  
wscript.sleep would be nice to use, but I don't think it would be necessary
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so what you are saying is to use a separate html file to display my status information instead of using the hta form?
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Here is the file that displays the status box and uses the wscript.sleep function:

dim oIE, oS, k, strIETitle, blnFlag
strIETitle = "Test Program" & string(40,"-")
blnFlag = True

set oS = createobject("wscript.shell")

InitIE "Program Initializing"

Wscript.sleep 2000
for k = 0 to 10
      MsgIE "Iteration " & k & vbcrlf & "To abort, close this box"
      Wscript.sleep 1000
      if blnFlag = false then
            wscript.echo "Program Aborted after " & k & " iterations"
            wscript.quit
      end if
next
MsgIE "Loop Complete"

wscript.sleep 2000
MsgIE "Program Finished"

If blnFlag = false then
      wscript.echo "Program Aborted after iterations complete"
      wscript.quit
end if

wscript.sleep 2000
MsgIE "IE_Quit"

Set oIE = nothing
set oS = nothing
wscript.echo "done"

Sub MsgIE(strMsg)
on error resume next
if strMsg = "IE_Quit" then
      blnFlag = false
      oIE.Quit
else
      oIE.Document.Body.InnerText = strMsg
      if err.Number <> 0 then
            err.clear
            blnFlag = false
            exit sub
      end if
      oS.AppActivate strIETitle
end if
end sub

sub InitIE(strMsg)
      dim intWidth, intHeight, intWidthW, intHeightW
      set oIE = createobject("InternetExplorer.Application")
      With oIE
            .toolbar = false
            .statusbar = false
            .resizable = false
            .navigate("about:blank")
            do until .readystate = 4
                  wscript.sleep 100
            loop
            with .document
                  with .parentWindow
                        intWidth = .screen.AvailWidth
                        intHeight = .screen.availheight
                        intWidthW = .screen.availwidth * .40
                        intHeightW = .screen.availheight * .05
                        .resizeto intwidthW, intheightW
                        .moveto (intWidth - intwidthw)/2, (intHeight - intHeightW)/2
                  end with
                  .write "<body> " & strMsg & " </body></html>"
                  with .parentwindow.document.body
                        .style.backgroundcolor = "LightBlue"
                        .scroll = "no"
                        .style.font = "10pt 'Tahoma'"
                        .style.borderStyle = "outset"
                        .style.borderWidth = "4px"
                  end with
                  .Title = strIETitle
                  oIE.visible = true
                  wscript.sleep 100
                  oS.AppActivate strIETitle
            end with
      end with
end sub

This file works great as a stand-alone script but not to incorrporate into an hta.
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Have solved problem myself.  Thank you for your response.
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if not a secret what solution did you come up with?
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dan_neal, I asked you before and maybe you didn't see it, so if not a secret what solution did you come up with?
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created a sub routine that runs the ping command for a selected amount of time.  Here is the sub:

Sub ccSleep(seconds)
     set oShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
     cmd = "%COMSPEC% /c ping -n " & 1 + seconds & " 127.0.0.1>nul"
     oShell.Run cmd,0,1
End Sub

Just place a call to this sub at any point you want to pause a routine to do something else such as in my case I wanted a status message to be updated as the routine ran to give the user an idea of where the process is at any given time.  Here is how I called the routine:

Results.style.display = "block"
btnResultsReturn.disabled = true
lblStatus.innertext = "Validating data..."
ccSleep 1
if not e then
      lblerr.style.display = "block"
      lblstatus.innertext = "Errors found"
      ccsleep 1
      fname.focus
      dresults.style.display = "none"
      exit sub
else
      lblerr.style.display = "none"
      ccsleep 1
end if
lblstatus.innertext = "Validation complete"
ccSleep 1
lblstatus.innertext = "Generating account name..."
ccsleep 1
acname = left(fname.value,1) & lname.value
l = 1
do until chkuser(acname)
      if l = 1 then
            acname = left(fname.value,1) & mi.value & lname.value
      else
            acname = left(fname.value,1) & lname.value
      end if
      l = l + 1
loop
lblUsername.innertext = acname
lblstatus.innertext = "Available name generated..."
ccsleep 1

each ccsleep 1 runs the sub ccsleep for 1 second.
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do so makes sure the form is given a chance to update the status message.
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