VMware ThinApp + Portable


VMware ThinAppVMware ThinApp — is a tool for creating portable applications through virtualization, it’s aimed at converting standard applications into applications that do not require any installation for their work. According to the developers, success is provided in nine out of ten cases.

Since 1999, this tool was produced by Jitit, Inc., located in San Francisco, California. Thinstall (former name) trial version was provided exclusively for organizations. On Internet (pirated sites) tool was accessed for public use. Since 2008, ownership rights (via purchase) have moved to VMware, Inc. — is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, which specializing of cloud computing and a virtualization platform located in Palo Alto, California. At the beta-testing stage, the program was named VMware Project North Star. Five months later, last name was announced: VMware ThinApp. Trial version became accessed for all. Legally, it can be downloaded from the developer’s site, having previously registered.

This tool uses virtualization to convert a standard application to a portable application. All program files and data will be packed in a single executable file with exe extension, which contains everything app needs to work: files, virtual registry, directories. A virtualized program will not make any changes to the system. All settings of application will be saved in a special directory (sandbox) which is located either in the location of the exe file, or in another place. Location of sandbox is indicated when portable application creating. An important factor is that the thin-installed software obtained is very easy to distribute, i.e. you will not need any third-party software, additional drivers, or even administrator rights to run, just copy the program to the directory you need, optionally a sandbox, and run it.

There are two variations of the tool: Starter Edition and Enterprise Edition tools. The first is a free version that you get with the licensed version of VMware Workstation. The second one has expanded functions. It’s included bolster for AppSync updating, Active Directory integration and permits use by different users.

Tutorial by SysadminTutorials.com

This tutorial will guide you through how to install Vmware Thinapp Packager, in which after we will package Firefox 4 into a Thinapp Package. This tutorial is performed on a baseline or SOE desktop image of Windows 7. Firstly create a base line snapshot so that you can revert to this snapshot at the end of this tutorial.
Note: Author will be using VMware-ThinApp-Enterprise-4.6.1-361923.exe in this tutorial

1. Double click on the Vmware Thinapp Enterprise file to start the installation.

2. Click Yes.

3. Click Next.

4. Accept the License Agreement and click Next.

5. Enter your license key for Vmware Thinapp Packager and enter in a License Display Name. The Display Name will be displayed each time a Thinapp Applications is launched. Click Install.

6. The install is complete, click Finish.

7. Now we’ll start the Thinapp Setup Capture and begin with the actual application capture.Click on ThinApp Setup Capture to start the application.

8. Click Yes.

9. Click Next.

10. When we click on Prescan, the application will scan the Operating System and create a baseline so that it can see what changes are made once an application is installed. Click Prescan.

11. After the Prescan is finished we are notified to install the application that we wish to capture. In this example it will be Firefox 4. I’ve already downloaded the install files for Firefox.

12. Go ahead and install Firefox and make any changes that you wish to carry into the Thinapp. For example I would change the default cache size down to 150MB. If you are installing another application that requires a reboot, go ahead and reboot the system and Thinapp Capture will start up automatically once you’re logged back in.

13. Back at the Thinapp Capture click Postscan. The Postscan will scan your computer and pick up on changes that have been made to the system since the Prescan. For example files and registry.

14. You will be asked if the application is completely installed. Click Ok.

15. The Entry Point is basically the list of applications that have been detected by the Postscan. Click the application that you wish to package and click Next.

16. You have the ability to limit the application to Everyone or by Active Directory and Local groups. In this tutorial I will select Everyone. Click Next.

17. The description in the following image gives a good explanation as to what each setting does. Click Next.

18. I would like to keep user configuration and data in the %AppData%Thinstall directory. Click Next.

19. Choose whether you wish to send anonymous usage statistics to Vmware. Click Next.

20. Thinapp has detected that we are packaging a browser application and you have the option to redirect user specified web sites from internet explorer to firefox. If you wish to include any redirected websites, type them here and click Next.

21. Give a name to the Inventory. This is the folder that is created in C:Program FilesVMwareVMware ThinAppCaptures. Click Next.

22. You have an option to create an MSI package and Compress the virtual package. Click Save.

23. You can edit the Package.ini for further customization. Click Build.

24. The build process is now complete. Click finish.

25. If we go to the location where we saved the capture we will see the MSI and the Virtual Thinapp Application. Copy this folder to a network share somewhere and revert the Operating System snapshot back to the baseline. Repeat this tutorial to create another Thinapp Application.

Original tutorial




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2 Responses to VMware ThinApp + Portable

  1. majid 06.06.2018 at 13:59 #


    • Dummy 08.06.2018 at 21:04 #

      You are welcome.

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