VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials


VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials
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  • Practical book which provides the essentials of application virtualization with ThinApp 4.7
  • Learn the various methods and best practices of application packaging and deployment
  • Save money and time on your projects with this book by learning how to create portable applications

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 256 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2012
ISBN : 1849686289
ISBN 13 : 9781849686280
Author(s) : Peter Björk
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Enterprise, Virtualisation

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Application Virtualization
Chapter 2: Application Packaging
Chapter 3: Deployment of ThinApp Packages
Chapter 4: Updating and Tweaking Your ThinApp Project
Chapter 5: How to Distribute Updates
Chapter 6: Design and Implementation Considerations using ThinApp
Chapter 7: Troubleshooting
Appendix: References
Index
  • Chapter 1: Application Virtualization
    • Application virtualization
    • ThinApp overview
    • ThinApp architecture
    • Common ThinApp vocabulary
      • The capturing process
      • The capture machine
      • The project folder
      • The package
      • The data container
      • The entry point
      • Compiling or building your ThinApp package
      • The build machine
      • The ThinApp utilities folder
      • The ThinApp runtime
      • Read-Only data
      • Read and write data
      • Folder macros
    • The sandbox
    • Isolation modes
      • Merged
      • WriteCopy
      • Full
        • Example 1
        • Example 2
        • Example 3
    • The virtual filesystem
    • The virtual registry
    • Application Linking (AppLink)
      • AppLink conflict resolution for isolation modes
        • Optional AppLink
        • Required AppLink
    • The ThinApp utilities folder and its content
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Application Packaging
      • Packaging
      • Running the Setup Capture wizard
      • The capture and build environment
      • Entry points and the data container
      • The project folder
      • The Package.ini file
      • Isolation mode considerations
      • Virtualizing Internet Explorer 6
      • The recommended ThinApp capture process
      • Some packaging tips
        • 32-bit versus 64-bit
        • Services
        • Auto update
        • Save your project folders
        • Make sure you investigate the sandbox
        • When capturing, make sure you are capturing!
        • Make sure your application is 100 percent natively installed
        • Never start with AppLink
      • VB Scripting
      • Packaging applications with dependencies
        • Dependencies on runtimes
        • Dependencies on locally installed applications
        • Dependencies on another virtualized application
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Deployment of ThinApp Packages
        • Different deployment scenarios
        • Using streaming deployment
        • Using MSI to distribute packages
        • Using VMware Horizon Application Manager
        • Using VMware View
        • Using alternative media and methods
        • Using thinreg.exe to register your applications
        • Summary
          • Chapter 5: How to Distribute Updates
            • Different categories of updates
            • Using MSI to distribute updates
            • Using an in-place update method
            • Application Sync (AppSync)
            • Application Linking (AppLink)
            • Deploying updated packages using VMware Horizon Application Manager
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Design and Implementation Considerations using ThinApp
              • Protecting your packages
              • Default isolation modes
              • Sandbox considerations
              • Implementing ThinDirect
              • Designing for a physical client implementation
              • Designing for a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementation
              • Designing for a terminal server/Citrix XenApp implementation
              • Designing for a mixed environment
              • Sizing of your streaming file share
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Troubleshooting
                • The theory behind troubleshooting
                • Effective test procedures
                  • The Dirty Test
                  • The Washed Test
                  • The Clean Test
                  • The Production Test
                • Common troubleshooting tools
                  • Process Explorer
                  • Process Monitor
                  • Dependency Walker
                  • Microsoft Event Viewer
                  • Error messages
                • ThinApp Log Monitor
                • Troubleshooting tips and tricks
                • Your everyday capturing process
                • Summary
                • Appendix: References
                  • Folder macros
                  • Package.ini parameters
                  • Environment variables and ThinApp runtime switches
                    • Changing the sandbox location
                    • ThinApp runtime switches
                  • Summary

                  Peter Björk

                  Peter Björk has many years' experience in VMware Horizon Workspace and ThinApp. He started out working with Thinstall, and continued after VMware acquired the product in 2008, renaming it ThinApp. Peter supports Horizon Workspace and ThinApp in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. As a teacher, Peter has educated many ThinApp packagers around the world. Peter lives in Sweden with his wife and two kids, a boy and a girl. Peter Björk is very active on the VMware community pages and the official VMware Workspace and ThinApp blogs. You can follow Peter on Twitter (@thepeb) to get the latest ThinApp and Workspace news.

                  Peter Björk published his first book, VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials, Packt Publishing, in 2012.

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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • Concepts behind Application Virtualization
                  • ThinApp architecture and vocabulary
                  • Application Linking
                  • Application packaging process and best practices
                  • Various methods to deploy ThinApp packages
                  • How to update your ThinApp project
                  • ThinApp 4.7 design and implementation best practices
                  • ThinApp troubleshooting

                  In Detail

                  VMware ThinApp 4.7 is an application virtualization and portable application creator which allows users to package conventional applications so that they are portable.

                  "VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials" shows you how to deploy ThinApp packages in order to improve the portability, manageability and compatibility of applications by encapsulating them from the underlying operating system on which they are executed.

                  Application virtualization improves the portability, manageability and compatibility of applications by encapsulating them from the underlying operating system on which they are executed.

                  VMware ThinApp 4.7 is an application virtualization and portable application creator which allows users to package conventional applications so that they are portable. ThinApp eliminates application conflicts, reducing the need and cost of recoding and regression testing.

                  In this book you will learn about how application virtualization works and how to deploy ThinApp packages. You will learn how to update and tweak ThinApp Projects before distribution. This book will then cover design and implementation considerations for future ThinApp projects.

                  Approach

                  This book is written in practical tutorial style and it offers learning through vivid  examples and. Each chapter contains step-by-step instructions about everything necessary to execute a particular task. The book is designed so that you can read it from start to end for beginners or just open up any chapter and start following the recipes as a reference for advanced users.

                  Who this book is for

                  This book will be useful to developers, System admins and consultants who want to install and manage a virtualized app environment using VMware ThinApp 4.7

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