Archive for the ‘Application Virtualization’ tag
Today VMware announced the availability of ThinApp 4.7. The new version is Horizon AppManager enabled what means that you can use the packages with VMware’s cloud-based deployment and management platform. VMware published a great article ybou the integration of ThinApp in Horizon AppManager at the ThinApp Blog. Follow this link: http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp/2011/11/vmware-thinapp-47-whats-new.html
What elese is new in ThinApp?
There are a few resolved issues in the version 4.7:
- An error message is displayed in the console when you use non-ASCII characters in application installer subdirectory names. However, the package is built successfully.
- After appsyncing Firefox 3.0 or Firefox 3.6.3, the Mozilla Firefox.ex$ file remains in the application folder on Windows XP 64 bit machines.
- ThinApp Packages are not built if Build.bat is launched from a directory other that its current directory.
- An error is displayed if you insert a Word object into Powerpoint 2007 on Vista and Windows 7 SP1.
- Quicktime throws a shell32.dll error and crashes on a Windows XP SP3 32-bit machine.
- A second session of virtual IE6 crashes when you use a virtual Java plug-in.
- Capture of IE8 and Silverlight crashes IE8 when you access Silverlight content.
- Thinapped Firefox and Java cause Web browsers to freeze on launch and require a restart of Java to proceed.
You can find the release notes here: http://www.vmware.com/support/thinapp4/doc/releasenotes_thinapp47.html
VMware published a new 32 minutes video about manageing ThinApp with Horizon AppManager on Youtube.
The VRC Team (Ruben Spruijt, Sven Huisman and Jeroen van der Kamp) have just released their new VRC Phase IV whitepaper which is about the impact of application virtualization on VDI. A very interesting read, especially when you’re interested in the performance differences between the several application virtualization solutions.
Here a statement from the article:
Depending on the use case scenario, Project VRC discovered that this impact can be significant. Test results show that Application Virtualization has impact on the VDI user density, which can be decreased by 20% to 45% when Office 2007 is completely virtualized. This should be considered as a worst case scenario. When only a couple of specific (business) applications is virtualized, the session density decreases by only 3 to 12%. In practice the Application Virtualization overhead will be highly dependent on how often virtualized applications are started, and how much file IO and registry access they generate: specifically the creation of the virtualization ‘bubble’/environment for the application can have a significant overhead.
If you want to know how you get your Thinapp packages start even quicker, you should check out the new blog post of Peter Björk, who’s the ThinApp expert in EMEA. He describes which steps to take to optimize the virtual applications.
Link: ThinApp Blog
If you are working with VMware ThinApp, the most important thing is to understand the Isolation Modes with which the virtualized application can be configured. Peter Björk a VMware ThinApp expert from Sweden explains in a video how it works. Brilliant Peter!