By Dean Flaming, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager | Lighthouse & EUC Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware
With VMware’s acquisition of App Volumes (formerly known as CloudVolumes), customers now have another option for deploying VMware ThinApp packaged applications. ThinApp packaged applications have always supported a variety of deployment options. So when it comes to using ThinApp packages with VMware App Volumes, what might be the easiest and best way to combine the technologies? And why would you want to do this?
Over the last four years I’ve been working with customers and partners on articulating and demonstrating the value of VMware ThinApp. While ThinApp does offer one of the most flexible and streamlined solutions for virtualizing Windows applications there are still times when you need to put the product knowledge and the application expert together to get the results you want. That has now occurred in written (and ebook) form with the release of the definitive guide for VMware ThinApp. The title, VMware ThinApp Essentials, much like the author, is understated as you will find the relevance of this book greatly exceeds the ‘essentials’. Yes, the author is one of our own VMware employees, but see for yourself that Peter Bjork always speaks to the reality of the customer environment and the satisfaction of well-implemented technology. Leverage Peter’s dedication to the technology, wide spectrum of application experience, and commitment to help you extract the most value out of your investment in application virtualization.
On behalf of VMware, I’d like to announce that we have released version 4.7.3 of VMware ThinApp. The big headline for this release is enabling ThinApp packages to run across the broadest spectrum of operating systems from Windows XP to the recently released Windows 8. We’ve also updated the ThinApp Factory Fling to include the 4.7.3 runtime so that you can automagically package with the most current ThinApp version. Lastly, the ThinApp SDK has been rev’d to keep up with those of you creating some integrated offerings or just streamlining the registration of ThinApp packages. (see other blog entries about how to use the SDK)
AppSync is a great update mechanism for certain use cases (more information on the AppSync feature can be found here). When you have deployed a new version is it very likely you want to perform a new thinreg registration on the package. AppSync has built in support for thinreg. If you place thinreg.exe on your AppSync URL will AppSync automatically perform registration of your new version.
Lately, we’ve been asked on numerous occasions about the use of ThinReg within login script, and how login scripts can be cumbersome to maintain. Simply put, we’ve been asked, “Why do ThinApp/ThinReg login scripts need to be so complex?“