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Peter Bjork

About Peter Bjork

Peter Bjork is a Senior Staff Architect, Technical Marketing at VMware. He specializes in Identity and Access Management. He's widely appreciated as a speaker at events like VMworld, VMUG and vFORUM. He is the author of two books as well as numerous white papers and blog posts. When the work day is over, Peter volunteers as a Scout leader for the local Sea Scout troop outside Stockholm, Sweden. Twitter: @thepeb.

ThinApp and VMware User Environment Manager (UEM) integration

This blog post will explain how you can configure your ThinApp packages for integration with VMware UEM without using vb-script or any other black magic. When you have VMware UEM and ThinApp integrated users’ application settings flow seamlessly between both natively installed, published applications (Terminal Server/RDSH based) and ThinApp packaged applications. Using the integration you can centrally manage default and mandatory application settings also for ThinApp packages.
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Resolving Microsoft Office licensing errors

One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind..

VMware now have a tool that will finally correct Office licensing issues when virtual Office is deployed to some systems that have Office installed natively. Read all about it in the KB-article: Resolving licensing errors when deploying virtual Office to a system with Office installed natively, (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2107369).

How to package Internet Explorer 8

I’m getting more and more requests to package IE8 so I think it is about time to write a blog post on how to do it.. According to our Internet Explorer support statement (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2069870) packaged IE8 is supported by us and works on most platforms.

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The New ThinApp 5.1 Feature “Project to Physical” Explained

With the ThinApp 5.1 release we introduced quite a few new features. This blog post is the first in a series where we will introduce and explain each feature more in depth.

The first feature to be examined a bit more closely is the feature we call Project to Physical or P2P. P2P is probably not the best name for it because there are billions of other features in the world using the same abbreviation. The Project to Physical feature does a ThinApp Setup Capture, but in reverse. Setup Capture captures an application—all its registry keys, files, and folders—and stores it in the ThinApp project folder. Project to Physical converts an existing ThinApp project folder into a natively installed application.

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How to deploy AppLink packages in the enterprise

AppLink is a great feature of ThinApp. The possibility to merge two or many packages together allows for a much more modular deployment model. But how do your deploy your AppLinks?

I think we (read VMware) did ourselves a big disservice when we decided to add ;OptionalAppLinks=plugins\*.exe as a default setting in the package.ini file. Many out there now think it is required to use a folder called plugins relative to the parent package in order to use AppLink. This is far from true.

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ThinApp delivery to non-domain members outside your Firewall

Yesterday VMware Horizon Workspace 1.8 was released. While being a minor release it comes with some really nice ThinApp enhancements. Horizon Workspace has been able to deploy ThinApp packages from the very start. With 1.8 it takes a major leap forward supporting ThinApp delivery using HTTP and to non-domain members. Below is a list of the most important ThinApp enhancements in this release.

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Virtualizing Internet Explorer, what works?

Today many enterprises are struggling with their Internet Explorer implementation. You know what works today but what happens if you change the Java version or even worse, the version of Internet Explorer? Updating your browser implementation is many times almost as complex and risky as migrating to a new Operating System. ThinApp offers it-departments around the globe help with their browser implementation. By virtualizing your browsers and by using our URL redirection feature called ThinDirect you can have specific configurations of browsers with dependencies on a per web application basis. This allows it-departments to break loose from the complexity of browsers. You can now have latest greatest browser locally installed while your users can still use older version/versions of the browsers. ThinApp packages executes locally on the end-user’s computer, side by side with the native browser, no infrastructure required.

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Performance considerations using AppLink

Do the Application Linking feature (AppLink) affect performance? Unfortunately the answer is, it depends.. Using AppLink will merge two or more Data Containers together. During this merge of the virtual environments, AppLink does its conflict resolution (learn more about conflict handling in AppLink here: http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp/2011/03/the-power-of-applink.html) so yes, this will take some time to complete. Often this is not noticeable to the end-user though. One or two AppLinks are typically okay. Having 20 AppLink packages might be a little bit of a stretch. Then your end-users will start to notice a delay in start time. But..

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Announcing ThinApp 5.0

It is with great pleasure we’re announcing ThinApp 5.0 at VMworld in Barcelona.

Please see this blog post for more info: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2013/10/exciting-news-for-vmware-thinapp-5-0.html

But here’s the release in a nutshell:

  • 64-bit application support
  • AppSense support
  • Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 10 support
  • ADM and ADMX for GPO management of ThinDirect
  • No more ‘End-of-Availability’! ThinApp will remain a standalone offering in parallel of being bundled with all the Horizon products

The new VMware Horizon Agent are now available

Horizon Agent for Windows 1.5.1 was released this week. This is a complete rewrite of the agent and from a ThinApp point of view a big release.

Horizon Workspace allows for central management of ThinApp packages. Horizon Workspace allows you to manage ThinApp packages entitlements, deploy ThinApp packages using both local and streaming deployment method and deploy updated packages. All from an easy to use central web console.

The new Horizon Agent have a couple new features which is greatly enhancing the ThinApp support in Horizon Workspace.

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