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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.


Quick Facts

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The . . . Definitive Guide for VMware ThinApp

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.

Virtualizing the VMware View Client using ThinApp

By Joshua Spencer, End User Computing Specialist, VMware


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.


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.


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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Using a VB Script to Time-Bomb a ThinApp Package

Ever wonder how one could use a VB Script to Time-Bomb a ThinApp package? Well, awhile back this was discussed in the Scripting Within ThinApp session of the ThinApp Bootcamp Series! Here’s how it’s done!

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Internet Explorer and Default Folder Isolations

Have you ever wondered why some folders such as Favorites are not automatically isolated?

Well, we’re here to answer this!

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Antivirus Scanning in a VMware View Virtual Desktop Environment That Includes ThinApp Virtualized Applications

By Tina de Benedictis, Technical Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop

When you have ThinApp virtualized applications installed in a VMware View virtual desktop environment, what do you need to do to set up antivirus protection?

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Can ThinApp MSI files be installed by Regular Users?

I just was asked, since a ThinApp package can run as a regular user, can a ThinApp MSI be installed/registered as a regular user as well?

Of course!

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Application Troubleshooting Tools and Tips for VMware ThinApp

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It is commonly asked what tips and tricks as well as tribal knowledge and types of tools are good to use when working with and troubleshooting cumbersome applications. This article is meant to be a general guide on types of application troubleshooting tools and tips and tricks with regard to troubleshooting applications and ThinApp projects. 

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