The ThinApp configuration example takes you step-by-step through a typical ThinApp configuration, beginning with capturing and packaging applications and ending with checking the status of an installation.

See these topics for complete information about how to perform the steps in this example.

Capturing and Storing Application Packages

Assigning ThinApp Applications to Desktops and Pools


Download the ThinApp software from and install it on a clean computer.

View supports ThinApp version 4.6 and later.


Use the ThinApp Setup Capture wizard to capture and package your applications in MSI format.


Create a shared folder on a computer in an Active Directory domain that it accessible to both your View Connection Server host and your View desktops and configure the file and sharing permissions on the shared folder to give Read access to the built-in Active Directory group Domain Computers.

If you plan to assign ThinApp applications to domain controllers, also give Read access to the built-in Active Directory group Domain Controllers.


Copy your MSI packages to the shared folder.


Register the shared folder as an application repository in View Administrator.


In View Administrator, scan the MSI packages in the application repository and add selected ThinApp applications to View Administrator.


Decide whether to assign the ThinApp applications to desktops or pools.

If you use a common naming convention for your desktops, you can use desktop assignments to quickly distribute applications to all of the desktops that use that naming convention. If you organize your pools by department or user type, you can use pool assignments to quickly distribute applications to specific departments or users.


In View Administrator, select the ThinApp applications to assign to your desktops or pools and specify the installation method.




Installs a shortcut to the application on the desktop. The shortcut points to the application on the network share that hosts the repository. Users must have access to the network share to run the application.


Installs the full application on the local file system.


In View Administrator, check the installation status of the ThinApp applications.