Archive for the ‘ThinApp’ Category
Good hint from Peter Björk at the VMware ThinApp Blog. There is a Hands on Lab for ThinApp available online. If you like to learn more about VMware’s application virtualization solution you should take this 101.
Last week one of my colleagues discovered a very strange behaviour when using ThinApp and ThinDirect. He created a new ThinApp package with a virtual Internet Explorer within and configured ThinDirect to redirect a single page to the virtual browser.
While at first everything seemed to work okay as ThinApp redirected the site to the virtual browser correctly but after this point ThinDirect entered a loop and new instances of the browser were created indefinitely. To get a better understanding of this error and how to solve it have a look at the following video.
To solve the issue of the endless loop you have to make sure a ThinDirect.txt with an reference to your browser entry point is baked into your ThinApp package.
For example: if your entry point is called “Internet Explorer.exe” your ThinDirect.txt placed in the root of the project folder should contain at least the following content:
I have seen this issue only with Internet Explorer as this is the only browser supporting the ThinDirect browser add-in.
With Horizon Mirage application layering and ThinApp VMware has now two options to deploy applications to endpoints. The big difference between both products is that ThinApp is an application virtualization solution and Mirage Application Layering is not.
While this is the main difference there are still many, many differences between both products in terms of functionality and deployment options. In the following table I tried summarizes most of the differences.
|Functionality / Product||Mirage application layering 4.0||ThinApp 4.7|
|Application isolation (running multiple version of the same application, prevent DLL conflicts, etc.)||No||Yes|
|OS independency (possibility to build a package on another OS version than it runs on)||No||Yes|
|Run different versions of the same application||No, only if application supports this natively.||Yes|
|Supports Internet Explorer virtualization / running multiple Version of IE||No||Yes|
|For more differences visit horizonflux.com|
If you want to know more about the differences between Mirage Application layering and ThinApp head over to horizonflux.com and of course please vote for our VMworld US 2013 session: 4863 Dare to compare: Mirage application layering and ThinApp.
Great job by Barry Coombs! Yesterday he’s published a brilliant article about managing VMware ThinApp applications with VMware Horizon Workspace. His article gives you a great overview on how preparing and integrating ThinApp packages.
One of my customers had a requirement where they wanted there users to not copy & paste from an application and also being not able to print documents. How could you resolve that requirement? Quite easy with ThinApp as I’ve learned. I’ve asked my fellow colleague Tim Arenz, who’s a ThinApp specialist at VMware Professional Services and he came of course up with a solution. I’ve asked him if he could write a blog post about it and he did! Please visit his blog to see what ThinApp is able to.
Peter Björk has published a new article on the VMware ThinApp blog showing best practices for application virtualization. In this article he describes how to cleanup a project folder before compiling the virtualized application.
VMware ThinApp isn’t just only a application virtualization tool. In my eyes it is the most powerful application packaging and virtualization tool on the market. Tim Arenz again has published a great article on his blog which shows the customization options within a ThinApp package. With a script he checks if a specific process is running and if so, the ThinApp application does not start but gives the user a message that an instance of the application is already running. It’s great to see what you can do with the pre-execution scripts in ThinApp. Good job!
Next to the Horizon Suite, VMware also announced some news about the enterprise virtualization software ThinApp. First of all: It is still there and it will be there! Don’t get it wrong! VMware just announced that effective on December 15th 2013 no orders for the ThinApp standalone product will be accepted. The customers with an active SnS contract (Support & Subscription) will still receive maintenance and support for their licenses. From 16th December on ThinApp will live in VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon Mirage, VMware Horizon Workspace and in the Horizon Suite. There are also migration paths available – please speak to your VMware rep.
So, ThinApp is still there but it will be bundled with other VMware solutions!
Again a great article by Tim Arenz who’s a End User Computing consultant at VMware Professional Services in Germany. This time he gives a hint what to do if a ThinDirect redirection message doesn’t gets closed after reedirecting the user to another web browser.
Great technical article on how to run Visio and Project as ThinApp application next to local installed Microsoft Office 2010.
While many are virtualizing Microsoft Office 2010 during a Proof Of Concept (POC) most companies decide to install Microsoft Office natively rather than virtualizing it. Both packaging method are valid but many times it’s easier and more efficient to have Office locally installed. That said, virtualizing Microsoft Visio and Project is a whole different ballgame. Virtualizing Visio/Project makes very much sense in many designs. There are quite a few KB articles and blog posts out there covering Office 2010 and it’s components. But so far I’ve yet to see a complete list of what is needed in order to build a Visio/Project package and have it coexist and to a certain degree integrate with native Office. So I started to collect all data I found on Internet. I ended up adding a couple thinks myself as well.