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 manage ThinApp applications in View Administrator, you must use the ThinApp Setup Capture wizard to capture and package your applications in MSI format and store the MSI packages in an application repository.

An application repository is a Windows network share. You use View Administrator to register the network share as an application repository. You can register multiple application repositories.


If you have multiple application repositories, you can use third-party solutions to manage load balancing and availability. View does not include load balancing or availability solutions.

See the Introduction to VMware ThinApp and the ThinApp User's Guide for complete information on ThinApp features and how to use the ThinApp Setup Capture wizard.


You use the ThinApp Setup Capture wizard to capture and package your applications.


You must create a Windows network share to host the MSI packages that are distributed to View desktops and pools in View Administrator.


You must register the Windows network share that hosts your MSI packages as an application repository in View Administrator.


You add ThinApp applications to View Administrator by scanning an application repository and selecting ThinApp applications. After you add a ThinApp application to View Administrator, you can assign it to desktops and pools.


You can create a template in View Administrator to specify a group of ThinApp applications. You can use templates to group applications together by function, vendor, or any other logical grouping that makes sense in your organization.