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1. What is the recommended deployment method for ThinApp packages?

ThinApp is a flexible solution. Virtualized application packages may be deployed using portable devices as small as a USB flash drive,
manually copied or executed from a network server, or automated using an enterprise electronic software deployment (ESD) platform of Categories
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1. (Alternate) What is the most common method to deploy ThinApp packaged applications?
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While this might depend upon whom you ask this of, here in the U.S. the most common deployment option for ThinApp packages is via a AppLink (5)
network accessible ThinApp package repository.
Shortcuts to ThinApp EXEs are presented to end users via logon scripts which utilizes the ThinReg utility. Remember, ThinReg will register AppSync (11)
applications (including their file type associations, protocols, and COM objects defined) as well as create shortcuts in the user’s start FAQs (21)
menu, desktop or wherever they’ve been defined to be created.
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ThinReg will honor any Active Directory Security Groups (including nested) defined within the ThinApp packaged app. Horizon Workspace (4)

Now, all of this said, I'm told "across the pond" in Europe the most common deployment mechanism is via MSI through a 3rd party ESD. Integration (31)
This is also a nice feature as any ThinApp built into an MSI can be incorporated into any 3rd party ESD solution. Internet Explorer (15)
2. Can ThinApp packages run on Linux or Mac Platforms? Isolation (6)
MSI (16)
Not directly, however, one can login to a View Desktop or other type of system remotely and execute a ThinApp packaged application
just like any other application. Office (14)
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3. Are there any size limitations to a ThinApp package? Scripts (22)

No. There are no size limitations of the ThinApp packaged app. Any limitations are going to be a restriction determined by the Windows ThinApp Documentation (1)
OS the ThinApp packaged application is being executed upon. ThinApp Factory (9)

To add some detail to this, there are issues when packaging an app into a single EXE of a certain size (or larger) which vary based upon ThinApp Releases (10)
the version of Windows the ThinApp packaged app is being executed on. ThinDirect (1)
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For example…
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Windows XP has an EXE size limitation of 512MB. Troubleshooting (28)
Windows Vista (and potentially Win 7) has an EXE size limitation of 2GB.
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An EXE larger than the allotted size may have issues such as trouble displaying it's icon, may take an excessively long time to launch due
to loading of the large EXE (or due to the Anti-virus solution scanning the EXE), or may even have issues just launching due to the VMware User Environment
enormity of the EXE. Manager (UEM) (1)
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Fortunately, ThinApp provides a solution to these operating system .EXE size issues by allowing a ThinApp packaged application to exist
not only as single EXE applications but as multiple exe applications as well by use of a very large Primary Data Container – for example a VOS (3)
.DAT file – and a very small Entry Point executable file (or files).

Note: Think of Office as an example here. In fact, here's a screen shot of my ThinApp'ed Office showing multiple Entry Points and a single
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4. Can ThinApp integrate with 3rd party packaging solutions? If so, which?

Yes. You should be able to integrate ThinApp packaged applications into any 3rd party packaging solution. Community
5. What applications can be packaged using ThinApp? Discussions and resources for
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can or cannot be packaged as there are just too many applications out there. A good place to check, however, is the ThinApp
Communities Portal – which is where many ThinApp Community members post recipes, instructions, comments, and even issues seen
when packaging their specific apps.

VMware does not set nor enforce any application packaging success criteria, which means customers and Independent Software ThinApp Twitter Accounts
Vendors (ISVs) are free to establish success criteria themselves. Nearly any application can be successfully packaged using ThinApp,
although the variability lies in the amount of time needed in the packaging effort for testing and troubleshooting.
ThinApp can package 32-bit applications as well as 16-bit applications (both 16-bit Win and 16-bit DOS apps). Follow @SquidlyMan

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6. What would prevent an application from being virtualized?
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Before answering this, it should be noted every true application virtualization product or solution has these four issues or “gray
areas” as they are not limited to ThinApp specifically. Follow @ThinApp_PSO

Drivers – Drivers cannot be virtualized as they are Windows OS Level controlled components which must interface with a logical or Follow @thinappguru
physical device. Applications which install drivers, however, may still be virtualized with ThinApp as the drivers can usually be
installed natively to the OS while the rest of the application remains virtualized. Adobe Pro is a great example of this as the Print-to-
PDF driver cannot be virtualized but the rest of Adobe Pro can still be packaged with ThinApp. If the driver is installed natively, the
virtualized Adobe Pro can still utilize the driver and will automatically enable the functionality based upon if it sees the driver YouTube
COM Plus – COM Plus objects cannot be virtualized as they are Windows OS Level controlled components (ThinApp can virtualize
COM objects). The same thing goes for COM Plus objects as for drivers – if the COM Plus objects can be installed to the native OS, VMware
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Network DCOM – Network DCOM objects cannot be virtualized as there are two sides to Network DCOM objects – a local and a
remote side. ThinApp cannot virtualize the REMOTE side. If the Network DCOM objects are installed natively to the OS, it is likely
the application can still be virtualized. Now, it should be noted, ThinApp can virtualize DCOM – a.k.a. Local DCOM.

Windows Components – ThinApp does not support virtualizing some OS Level Windows components such as DNS (client/server),    VMware ThinApp Video Playlist
DHCP (client/server), WINS (client/server), IIS, etc. This is due to the fact these components are operating at a very low level within
the OS to the point where they are utilizing drivers or components or other OS level hooking technology to link into things such as
the the network stack or other things. ThinApp can (and does) virtualize Internet Explorer and .NET FrameWork components just
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7. What types of customers are currently using ThinApp?

ThinApp virtualized applications are in use in many industries, including healthcare (and even rigorously regulated FDA environments),
education, financial services, government, insurance, manufacturing, and more.
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8. Can ThinApp integrate with a Citrix Infrastructure?
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Citrix XenApp (a.k.a. MetaFrame, Presentation Server, WinFrame) server – thus eliminating the need for the server silos.
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9. How does ThinApp compare to it’s competitors? VMware Google+ Pages
ThinApp provides the flexibility to determine if a packaging effort is justified based on some legacy application platforms. For example, VMware LinkedIn Groups
ThinApp has the ability to take a Windows 2000-based legacy application, capture it, and create a package which can be run in a newer
Windows OS such as XP, Vista, or 2003. However, the ability to run applications designed for older versions of Windows on a newer VMware YouTube Channels
version of Windows is not supported by all application virtualization solutions on the market today. VMware Podcasts
Because ThinApp packages operate in 100% user mode, normal context switching performance issues are eliminated. Other application
virtualization solutions typically operate in kernel mode from both an agent and application perspective and therefore affect context
switching performance.
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ThinApp is one of the only agentless application virtualization solutions. Other solutions typically require an agent – which can break.
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10. How do I monitor the usage of ThinApp packaged apps? » CIO Exchange RSS
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existence. If you don't have one in existence in your network environment, a recommended 3rd party solution is Concept Software’s » VMware {code} RSS
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What’s the one question missing here?

“Will my ThinApp’ed app work on Windows 7?” SDDC & Cloud

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should be noted, the application does not need to be recaptured, only rebuilt with current version of ThinApp. So save your ThinApp » Security & Compliance RSS
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UPDATE!:  Since the release of ThinApp 4.5, ThinApp has officially supported Windows 7.  With the upcoming release of the next version » vSAN / Virtual Blocks RSS
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The same "rebuild only" solution goes for applications built with a Trial license of ThinApp. Once a valid full license is installed, just rebuild
the ThinApp project and redeploy it.
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