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Isolating Two Applications with ThinApp

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The situation we have is that we use a customized application that relies on Excel 2003. However, we've upgraded all systems to Office 2007 which broke the application. On top of this, even installing side-by-side doesn't work right because if any work is done in Excel, it screws up the custom app. It's very fickle.

We have a fully virtualized VMware View environment and ThinApp. I would like to know if it is possible to ThinApp our custom applicatoin and Excel 2003 together so that they are completely isolated from the rest of the operating system. I only want the custom app to make calls to Excel 2003 and Excel 2003 only to respond to calls from the custom app.

The other possible option is if there is a way to install them without ThinApp but still maintain full isolation. Does anyone know if this is possible?

Thanks,
Ryan
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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You should be able to package Excel 2003 and your custom application, into a ThinApp Package, which is completely isolated from Operating System including currently installed Excel 2007.

Eliminate Installation Conflicts is one of the benefits of using ThinApp.

Checkout Isolation Modes here

http://pricklytech.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/vmware-thinapp-isolation-modes-explained/
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That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!
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