VMware ThinApp

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VMware ThinApp is an application virtualization tool included in VMware Inc.'s Horizon Suite and available as a standalone product. Desktop administrators use ThinApp to port legacy apps onto new operating systems, enable apps on high-security desktops and to streamline application updates and other management tasks.The app virtualization tool is agent-less, with nothing installed on the user's machine.

VMware ThinApp packages applications into executable files, in .MSI or .EXE format, which are encapsulated from other apps and from the underlying machine's operating system. ThinApp packages created by one version of the tool coexist on the same user device with applications packaged by a new version. Application virtualization also allows administrators to entitle different users to different apps, which can then be carried from one desktop to another via USB drives.

VMware ThinApp Factory is a VMware fling that centralizes ThinApp administration and automates virtualization for Windows applications. Through VMware vSphere APIs, ThinApp Factory converts file shares of application installers into ThinApp application containers.

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