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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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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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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.

Windows 8 Support with VMware ThinApp 4.7.3

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)

ThinApp 4.7.3 is now available @  http://bit.ly/Is2ZvV
Release Notes @  http://bit.ly/T662Mv
ThinApp 4.7.3 SDK @  http://bit.ly/oZJD7h
ThinApp Factory @ http://bit.ly/MOqVp1

As always, we invite you to evaluate ThinApp and see for yourself how virtualizing Windows applications can simplify delivery and management.


Jumpstart your ThinApp Factory with Ninite

We are excited to announce that Ninite has provided VMware customers a trial feed for use with the recently released ThinApp Factory.  In short, the trial feed provides the ThinApp Factory a cloud-based catalog of 99 applications that can be pulled directly into the Factory and used to jumpstart our customers ThinApp Factory installations.  The process is incredibly simple and can even be described as 'fun' if you have geek DNA in your veins.

Steps to use Ninite to Jumpstart your ThinApp Factory

1.  Install Thinapp Factory Appliance   

2.  Add Ninite Trial Feed to your ThinApp Factory Instance

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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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AppSync and thinreg integration..

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.

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