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Tina de Benedictis

About Tina de Benedictis

Tina de Benedictis is Senior Manager in the End-User-Computing Technical Marketing group at VMware. Her team writes and edits white papers, blog posts, and knowledge base articles on VMware End-User-Computing products.

ThinApp 5.0 Quick Facts and Answers

By Tina de Benedictis, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware ThinApp 5.0 released two days ago, and here are some quick facts and answers to commonly asked questions.

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Quick Facts

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VMware ThinApp 5.0 Is NOW AVAILABLE!

By Aaron Black, ThinApp Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of VMware, I’d like to introduce the product of a substantial engineering effort to optimize the architecture and capabilities of our market-leading application virtualization offering–ThinApp 5.0. We took the opportunity earlier this month to make some announcements during the VMworld event in Europe. In this blog, I’m just going to offer a quick review of the offering and invite you to download and see for yourself the new capabilities in this release.

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Virtualizing the VMware View Client using ThinApp

By Joshua Spencer, End User Computing Specialist, VMware

Introduction

Over the years there has been much debate about which display protocol provides the best performance while being the most efficient. I think the debate is finally over, and the blog post you can find here goes a long way toward ending it. Leveraging the PCoIP protocol and the PCoIP Secure Gateway Server, VMware is helping end users stay connected from anywhere, at any time, using any device they choose.

Challenge

We can think of connecting to a VMware View desktop using PCoIP as a client/server application. The virtual machine, which resides in the datacenter, gets the VMware View Agent installed. Because PCoIP is completely host-side rendered, this agent acts as the PCoIP server. On the end point device, we install the VMware View Client, which serves as the PCoIP client. The PCoIP server (View Agent) encrypts and compresses display information and sends it down to the View Client where the display is rendered on the screen.

What this means is that the View Client has to be installed on every end point that will connect to a VMware View desktop. Installing the client is a simple process of connecting to a website and running the executable.

The client includes two drivers: one for Virtual Printing and another for Advanced USB Redirection. Because of this, the View Client requires local administrative privileges for installation. While local admin privileges are not usually an issue on personal or IT-managed devices, I have seen a number of customers encounter situations where they cannot install the VMware View Client. VMware View is a highly adopted technology in the healthcare industry. Healthcare professionals often roam to multiple clinical sites throughout their network, and View provides a means of accessing a standard desktop workspace from any location. But what happens if he or she cannot install the View Client due to lack of permissions on a given PC? Likewise, I have seen this come up on public kiosk-like computers. For example, you are at a public library and you want to connect to your View desktop to get some work done. Library and other public-facing machines are often locked down, preventing the installation of any software, including the View Client.

Resolution

One solution to this problem is to leverage a simple, yet powerful, tool called VMware ThinApp. With ThinApp we can virtualize the VMware View Client software, allowing it to run on any Windows device regardless of privilege level. ThinApp will take all of the files and registry keys that make up the View Client and produce a single executable file.

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Updating ThinApp Packages in VMware Horizon Application Manager

By Tina de Benedictis, Technical Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop, End User Computing, VMware

If you have updated a ThinApp package for the Horizon environment, you know that it was a manual process. ThinApp 4.7.2 gives you a sleek new update mechanism developed especially for the Horizon environment. You don’t use AppSync or side-by-side updating; instead, you use an update mechanism based on a new Package.ini parameter, VersionID.

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Relink –h command for Horizon enablement of previously captured VMware ThinApp packages

By Tina de Benedictis, Technical Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop, End User Computing, VMware

ThinApp 4.7 was the first release with the option to enable your ThinApp virtual applications for VMware Horizon Application Manager. A new window in ThinApp Setup Capture gave you an easy, GUI-based way of enabling packages for Horizon as you captured them.

In the ThinApp 4.7 timeframe, how could you enable previously captured packages for Horizon? There were two ways:

  • Recapture with ThinApp Setup Capture
  • Add the Horizon parameters to Package.ini and rebuild the ThinApp package

ThinApp 4.7.2 has introduced a third method of Horizon enablement for previously captured applications.

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VMware ThinApp 4.7.2: Minor release, major new features for Horizon!

By Tina de Benedictis, Technical Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop, End User Computing, VMware

Do not let the three digits in the 4.7.2 release number fool you—the newly released ThinApp 4.7.2 has some exciting features that people have been asking for.

This new release of VMware ThinApp includes:

  • A mechanism for updating ThinApp packages in Horizon Application Manager
  • A new relink –h command to enable prior ThinApp packages for Horizon
  • RemoveSandboxOnStart, a new Package.ini parameter

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ThinApp streaming in Horizon? Yes!

By Tina de Benedictis, Technical Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop, End User Computing, VMware

Download mode used to be the only choice for ThinApp packages offered through VMware Horizon Application Manager. Now, with Horizon 1.5, ThinApp streaming mode is also an option.

ThinApp streaming mode is especially important for users accessing Horizon applications through VMware View stateless desktops.

How do you enable ThinApp packages for streaming mode in Horizon?

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