ThinApp Deployment Options
You can deploy captured applications with deployment tools, in a VMware View™ environment, on a network share, or as basic executable files.
Deploying ThinApp with Deployment Tools
Medium and large enterprises often use major deployment tools, such as Symantec, BMC, and SMS tools. ThinApp works with all major deployment tools.
When you use any of these tools, you can create MSI files for the captured applications and follow the same process you use to deploy native MSI files. See deployment instructions from the tool vendors. For information about MSI files, see Building an MSI Database.
Deploying ThinApp in the VMware View Environment
You can use VMware View to distribute ThinApp packages.
The workflow for deploying packages might involve the following tasks:
Creating a login script that queries applications entitled to the user and runs the thinreg.exe utility with the option that registers the applications on the local machine. Login scripts are useful for nonpersistent desktops. See Establishing File Type Associations with the thinreg.exe Utility.
Controlling user access to fileshares. IT administrators might control access by organizing network shares based on function and associating permissions with network shares based on those functional boundaries.
Deploying ThinApp on Network Shares
Small and medium enterprises tend to use a network share. You can create executable files for the captured application and store them on a network share. Each time you deploy a new application or an update to an existing package, you can notify client users to run the thinreg.exe utility with an appropriate option.
IT administrators can control user access to fileshares by organizing network shares based on function and associating permissions with network shares based on those functional boundaries.
The differences between the network share option and the VMware View option are that the network share option assumes a mix of physical and virtual (persistent) desktops and involves users running the thinreg.exe utility directly instead of relying on login scripts.
Deploying ThinApp Using Executable Files
You can use a basic deployment option with executable files when disk use is limited.
You can create executable files for the captured applications, copy them from a central repository, and run the thinreg.exe utility manually to register file type associations, desktop shortcuts, and the application package on the system.