To use Horizon Workspace to distribute and manage applications packaged with VMware® ThinApp®, you must have a ThinApp repository that contains the ThinApp packages, point your Horizon Workspace system to that repository, and sync the packages. After the sync process is finished, the ThinApp packages are available in your Horizon Workspace catalog and you can entitle them to your Horizon Workspace users and groups.

ThinApp provides application virtualization by decoupling an application from the underlying operating system and its libraries and framework and bundling the application into a single executable file called an application package. To be managed by Horizon Workspace, these packages must be enabled with the appropriate options. For example, in the ThinApp Setup Capture wizard, you select the Manage with Horizon Workspace check box. For more information about ThinApp features and how to enable your applications for management by Horizon Workspace, see the VMware ThinApp documentation.

Typically, you perform the steps to connect your Horizon Workspace system to the repository and sync the packages as part of the overall setup and configuration of your Horizon Workspace environment. The ThinApp repository must be a network share that is accessible to your Horizon Workspace Connector using a Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) path. The Connector synchronizes with this network share regularly to obtain the ThinApp package metadata that the Horizon Workspace system needs to be able to distribute and manage the packages. See Horizon Workspace Requirements for ThinApp Packages and the Network Share Repository

The network share can be a Common Internet File System (CIFS) or a Distributed File System (DFS) share. The DFS share can be a single Server Message Block (SMB) file share or multiple SMB file shares organized as a distributed file system. CIFS and DFS shares running on NetApp storage systems are supported.

When you capture and store ThinApp applications to distribute from Horizon Workspace, you must meet certain requirements.

If you want to enable the VMware® ThinApp® management capabilities of Horizon Workspace and allow users to access ThinApp packages from the user application catalog, you must create a network share and store the ThinApp packages in that network share folder.

To configure Horizon Workspace to provide users access to ThinApp packages, you must enable your Horizon Workspace system to locate the stored ThinApp packages and sync the packages with your system.

After you configure Horizon Workspace access to your ThinApp packages, your IT environment might change such that your ThinApp packages are in a new location. When this situation occurs, use the ThinApp Packages page in the Connector Web interface to update the path to the new location.