Updating VMware ThinApp Packages Mechanisms

Updating VMware ThinApp packages is much easier and scale with ease when compared to updating traditional software packages. In fact VMware ThinApp offer multiple ways to update ThinApp Software packages that every environment can find a mechanism that suit their needs. In this post, I will discuss the major VMware ThinApp update mechanisms and the scenario each update mechanism suit best. I have noticed many posts/articles around the web talk about how to use a certain VMware ThinApp update mechanism, but not many that explain when to use that mechanism. In this post, I will work on trying to cover both area how to use a specific VMware ThinApp update mechanism and when to use it.

Before going into each mechanism, its worth mentioning this post is a part of a larger VMware ThinApp series I am creating & below are the links to other VMware ThinApp posts in this series in case you were looking for one of these or interested to read about it as well.

The Magic of Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp

VMware ThinApp Preparing the ThinApp Capture and Build Machine

VMware ThinApp Deployment Scenarios

Updating VMware ThinApp Packages Mechanisms (This Post)

VMware ThinAPP Antivirus Best Practices

VMware ThinApp Isolation Modes Explanation, Examples, & Video

OK, so let’s look at the different VMware ThinApp packages update mechanism available to you

Updating VMware ThinApp Packages with In-Place Updates

Let’s first cover how this procedure work.… Read More

VMware ThinApp Deployment Scenarios

VMware ThinApp can be deployed using two main methods streaming or locally deployed. The main difference between the two methods is where the ThinApp Package will be executed from. In the streaming case the ThinApp package will reside on a shared folder, where users access it remotely. In the other hand when locally deploying ThinApp packages the ThinApp package is copied to each of the end point devices and executed locally. Each method can be deployed in few different ways, & has its pros & cons. Some companies rather streaming, some rather locally installed, where others mix and match between the two. Below is a closer look on each of the two main VMware ThinApp Deployment Scenarios.

VMware ThinApp Streaming.

In this scenario, the ThinApp executable packages will reside on a shared folder hosted by a windows file server or a storage filer where users access it remotely by accessing it directly by browsing the share folder to it or by a short cut created by the administrator or ThinReg to the executable. The beautiful part of ThinApp streaming that it does not require any specialized infrastructure like other Application Virtualization products in the market. All you require to be able to stream ThinApp Application is a file share where you put the executable and users access it from it.… Read More

VMware ThinApp Preparing the ThinApp Capture and Build Machine

In a previous post(The Magic of Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp), I have shown how to create a virtualized Mozilla FireFox using VMware ThinApp and how easy the process is. If you still not sure what ThinApp is or you just want a quick idea about how it works, then please make sure you read my previous post first(The Magic of Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp). Though if you want to get a more optimized package then there is more guide lines to follow. In this post, I will document what you need to do to create a good machine to capture & build the ThinApp packages on. Following this article will help you build better ThinApp packages faster and give you a bit more repeatable results.

Before going into preparing the ThinApp Capture and Build machine details, its worth mentioning this post is a part of a larger VMware ThinApp series I am creating & below are the links to other VMware ThinApp posts in this series in case you were looking for one of these or interested to read about it as well.

The Magic of Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp

VMware ThinApp Preparing the ThinApp Capture and Build Machine(This Post)

VMware ThinApp Deployment Scenarios

Updating VMware ThinApp Packages Mechanisms

VMware ThinAPP Antivirus Best Practices

VMware ThinApp Isolation Modes Explanation, Examples, & Video

Before talking about how to build and optimize your ThinApp Build and Capture machine (CnB), you will need to understand a bit more about the process of Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp.… Read More

The Magic of Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp

For those of you who already know ThinApp, this article might not be of a great interest though keep checking back as I am planning to write few more advance ThinApp articles in the upcoming days. If you have not heard of ThinApp or just heard a small whisper here and there about it or about Application Virtualization then keep reading. For some time I have thought everyone has heard of ThinApp, but after visiting few customers around as well talking to my friends at different large vendors I have discovered that ThinApp & Application Virtualization are still a hidden treasure.

For those who is familiar with VMware ThinApp, it is worth mentioning this post is a part of a VMware ThinApp posts series I am creating. Below are links to the rest of the series in case you are interested in other more in depth VMware ThinApp topic.

The Magic of Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp(This Post)

VMware ThinApp Preparing the ThinApp Capture and Build Machine

VMware ThinApp Deployment Scenarios

Updating VMware ThinApp Packages Mechanisms

VMware ThinAPP Antivirus Best Practices

VMware ThinApp Isolation Modes Explanation, Examples, & Video

 

OK so before I talk about Application Virtualization & VMware ThinApp let’s ask few questions:

Have you ever wanted to take any application like Firefox, Chrome, MS Office with you on a thumb drive?… Read More

VMware ThinApp Isolation Modes Explanation, Examples, & Video

ThinApp Isolation Modes is one of the really nice settings that not many has explored. Most people who has built a ThinApp Package using the easy VMware ThinApp GUI will really not need to worry about changing the VMware ThinApp Isolation Mode in the Package.ini as the ThinApp packager GUI ask you if you want to allow the thinapped application to write to folders and files out on the physical file system the ThinApp application run on or not allow it to. What is happening in the background is that the GUI is just changing the Isolation mode in the background.

Before going into Isolation Modes, its worth mentioning this post is a part of a larger VMware ThinApp series I am creating & below are the links to other VMware ThinApp posts in this series in case you were looking for one of these or interested to read about it as well.

The Magic of Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp

VMware ThinApp Preparing the ThinApp Capture and Build Machine

VMware ThinApp Deployment Scenarios

Updating VMware ThinApp Packages Mechanisms

VMware ThinAPP Antivirus Best Practices

VMware ThinApp Isolation Modes Explanation, Examples, & Video(This Post)

Back to VMware ThinApp Isolation Modes. OK, so if I am saying the default option is normally more than enough and we already know how to use that what is the point of this post.… Read More

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