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ThinApp Deployment Guide and Intro

Greetings to everyone – Aaron Black here – I've joined the ThinApp team here at VMware and have just completed my first project of creating a 'Deployment Guide' for ThinApp.  Download VMware_ThinApp_Deployment_Guide

The idea was to put together a document that provided a 1000 ft view to help someone beginning with ThinApp to understand the overall process and terms yet provide enough detail to help with some common queries like How do I integrate this technology? Recommendations on Streaming versus Deployed mode? and What do I need to get started?

Its great to be focused on application virtualization because I always ended up focusing on virtual desktops and applications anyway as a VMware systems engineer or in my previous career with Citrix. ThinApp, in my opinion, is a truly great solution with uncommon attributes of simplicity AND flexibility.

In my role at VMware in Tech Marketing, I'm given the charter of getting helpful ThinApp technical content out the door and into customers hands. So let me know if the Deployment Guide is a good start, feedback is greatly appreciated – you can either comment or send me an email directly at aaronblack@vmware.com

2 thoughts on “ThinApp Deployment Guide and Intro

  1. Ron

    Sounds like a very interesting tool. I’ve only read up briefly on it so I still have some questions.
    Does the encapsulated install program (the resulting MSI) require any type of “framework” application on the users machine to be able to install?
    Is the msi installation completely OS independent? I get the strong impression that ThinApp is ideal for installing apps designed for older OS’s on newer OS’s, as in the example of packaging Office 97.
    How far back on the OS timeline can ThinApp work with? DOS? Win 3.1? NT?
    Has ThinApp been tested with Win7 yet?
    Would ThinApp work with OS drivers, I’m thinking particularly of printers & scanners. So, could you use ThinApp to run a virtualized application that would use printer/driver, ie an XP driver, on a Vista or Win7 OS that does not support the older printer/driver? This would make a lot of people with older hardware happy after they move to other OS’s.
    Would a “poorly designed” application that requires “administrator” access rights work as a ThinApp subsequently installed in an account with only “user” access rights? This would be a very good thing from a data/application security point of view.

  2. Aaron Black

    Ron – I’m on my way out of town but can give u some very brief answers
    1. The MSI requires no framework (just Windows Installer for MSI install)
    2. The MSI is OS independent – ThinApp packages are meant to go forward and backward with support.
    3. Check the User Manual for officially supported OS
    4. We are testing w Win7 presently and hope to support shortly following GA release
    5. ThinApp runs everything in usermode so we dont support drivers (further expl in Deployment Guide)
    6. Yes – primary use case allows a user without admin rights to use an app that needs admin rights.
    Cheers,
    AB

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