Archive for the ‘ThinApp’ tag
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.
A new article on HorizonFlux should get everyones attention who’s involved in Windows Migration projects. Tim Arenz again has published a great read on VMware ThinApp. Here’s a quick quote of his article but please visit his blog an learn how ThinApp can help you within a Windows 7 migration.
However other issues aren’t fixable at all. If an application relies on 16-bit components or is a 16-bit application itself and you want to migrate to a 64-bit version of Windows you are out of luck. The application simply will not work. You could however use VMware Workstation orView to deploy 32-bit virtual Windows machines for your legacy 16-bit applications. Another example for an application which will probably not work if it depends on APIs which are deprecated or undocumented and therefore not available or working different in Windows 7.
Other reasons why an application might fail to work on Windows 7 like deprecated .dll files, hard-coded locations and dependencies to specific versions of Internet Explorer are a perfect fit for ThinApp!
If you want to use Smart Card authentication in a with ThinApp virtualized Internet Explorer there are a few steps to think about. VMware has published a new knowledge base article which does explain what to do, to support this type of authentication within the virtualized application package.
A few weeks ago I’ve posted an article about a new book which was written by my colleague Peter Björk, who’s a ThinApp specialist at VMware but also a great chap. When the book came out I had of course to read it as I know about Peter’s expertise and passion for VMware’s application virtualization solution. In this article I’ll give you a quick overview of what I think about the book.
First of all I have to say that the book is very easy to read for me and this is important as I’m not a native English speaker and it is very practical. The first chapters gives you a great overview of application virtualization and the used vocabulary which is great I think. I don’t like it if I’m reading a book and suddenly I’ve to check the product related vocabulary in the appendix or so.
As I’m working with ThinApp for years as well it was great to see how Peter does explain the fundamentals and functionality of ThinApp.
Actually with VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials you’ve everything you need as a new starter to the solution but also as an experienced user you’ll find the book helpful as it gives you also deep insides into parameters and troubleshooting for example.
Especially for people who’re planning to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 this book is valuable as they can learn about Internet Explorer 6 virtualization. This is one of the major issues during the migration process. People always think about the Windows applications compatibility, but what about the Web apps?
All in all I can say: A great read from a great colleague!
The book is available in several online book stores as paperback, but also as eBook Reader edition.
If you want to automate processes around ThinApp or you just want to extend the functionality of the product, you can use the integrated ThinApp SDK. Tim wrote a great article about that on hi blog HorizonFlux.com. If you’re interested please visit his website.
Over at Horizon Flux my colleague Tim from our Professional Services Organization has published a cool tiny Powershell Script which helps you to identify the ThinApp version a package was built with. You can download the script at Tim’s blog for free.
Yesterday I’ve posted an article about a new VMware View 5 book. During my research on Amazon I found that there are a few books available now. Here are an overview of all books I could find. There are also books in other languages but I’ve chosen only English books.
VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop (http://amzn.to/UBlN1v)
VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions (http://amzn.to/13jeMCB)
Mastering VMware View (http://amzn.to/10fPHuA)
VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials (http://amzn.to/WtZB3A)
Check this out! VMware View 5.1 and ThinApp have been awarded as winners or the readers choice award. Please feel free to visit the link below to get more information.
VMware has published a new Knowledge Base article which describes the parameters PermittedComputers and PermittedComputersAccessDeniedMsg which can be used in the ThinApp package.ini configuration file. Those parameters have been introduced with ThinApp 4.0.1 but haven’t been supported so far what changed now. Please visit the VMware KB article for detailed information. If you like to check the whole ThinApp documentation please visit this site.
My colleague Tim Aren’t who’s a consultant for End User Computing in our Profesional Service Organization (PSO) at VMware has released a great article on using the brand new ThinApp 4.7.3 SDK. In his article he describes how to use Powershell with the ThinApp SDK. A true must read!