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Hi Experts,

I have setup a VMware Horizon Workspace vApp, and everything is working as normal.

My question is, how do I virtualise/thin App a java application that does not install (or any other application that does not install).

In order to make an application available on the workspace, you need to create the application as a vApp first,but to do that you need to do the pre & post scan, which obviously requires you to install and application in the middle.

Is there a way around this? or do I just need to settle with loading the apps on a VDI?

Thank you
Daniel
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When distributing a ThinApp package, regardless how this is done, in order to create a ThinApp packaged application, you must capture the application with ThinApp.

You are correct, the capture process does require you to "install" an application, but during the capture process this is done on a "Clean PC" system designated as the Capture and Build VM.  The reason for this is because the ThinApp capture process uses the good, old, tried-and-true, Delta Snapshot technology - this basically being a "Take a picture of the system, make some changes, then take another picture, and finally compare the two pictures to find the differences" process.

The ThinApp Setup Capture process has a link at the beginning of it to a video for how to do this, or, you can see one of the many assistance links below:
ThinApp Online Manual - The ThinApp User's Guide
ThinApp POC (In a Blog) - This is everything you need to create test out ThinApp.
ThinApp Technical Resources - A bunch of tech resources on the ThinApp Product page.
ThinApp Blogs


Now, to answer the Horizon piece of the question, there are a couple of resources for how to make a ThinApp package both compatible with Horizon and deliverable through Horizon.
ThinApp Horizon Integration Guide - The same procedures are valid for all instances of Horizon.
HorizonTech Blog - There are a couple of postings here around this.  There's not a lot of postings (yet) on this blog so they should be easy to find.

Hope this helps,
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by:gerard_thusa
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Hi Squidly_Man,

Those resources are good for setting up thinapp and Horizon, but I know how to do that.

My greatest pain at the moment is creating a thin app out of a program that is not install-able.

any ideas?
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Assuming you are talking about a program which is not natively part of Windows (i.e. a 3rd party application), then the capture process would just bookend the way you install the application on any system normally.

With regards to your Java app which doesn't install, the trick for the above is to do everything necessary to get the app to run on the clean system as you would on any other desktop natively.

Essentially it would boil down to the following:
1. Setup Clean PC (I recommend XP Pro SP3 with IE6 and no updates at all).
2. Run ThinApp setup capture process to conduct "pre-installation scan".
3. Do whatever you need to do in order to get your Java app working on the system.
NOTE:  If you need to create a shortcut for users, then do so here.  It will get captured and become an Entry Point within the ThinApp Package.
4. Test the app
5. Run ThinApp setup capture process to conduct "post-installation scan".
6. Finish off ThinApp Setup Capture.
7. Test ThinApp
NOTE:  You may wish to review the ThinApp Troubleshooting procedures here (http://bit.ly/thinapptroubleshooting).
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