Take your Virtual Desktop anywhere!

I have been quiet lately but with the job change I have been really busy. however fortunately I have been finding the time to run the APAC podcasts every week. Also, I’m now working with VMware View and Desktop solutions, so you should start to see more posts on this subject.

The virtual desktop promise to allow us to take our desktops with us wherever we go may not often be possible. Most virtual desktop brokering solutions require users to deploy a client application in administrative mode.

The installation of the client application may be a challenge if you are in an environment where you do not have local administrator rights to the workstations, such as internet cafes, hotels, airports etc.

Additionally, the downloadable version of the client is usually a lean version of the product, not allowing the user to explore the full potential of the product.

A simple solution for these situations is to have a handy ThinApp package of the client. For VMware View that would be the VMware View Client.

Ideally you should carry this little executable of approximately 13Mb (VMware View Client)  in your USB stick. In some places you will yet face another challenge -  USB ports blocked. The quick and easy solution for that is to publish the packaged application on your organisation’s FTP or website, allowing employees to download the executable from any computer.

There is a good You Tube video explaining how to create a ThinApp package in 20 minutes. Just replace the application with the latest release of VMware View Client.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om5wzGYSVmU (Part1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T72DRr7eeos (Part2)


Now, if you are not in the mood or do not have the time to create your own VMware View Client package go to http://software.informer.com/getfree-thinapp-view-client/ and download the latest release of the pre-packaged client application. Make sure you are running the same build version as the VMware View Agent inside your virtual machine as this could affect how the VM is going to behave, specially if you are running PCoIP and ThinPrint.


Building a ThinApp package in no way modifies the licensing of the software product you are attempting to virtualise with ThinApp! Ensure you are in compliance with product licenses for ANY software package you wish to virtualize and deploy using ThinApp. Consult your software product’s End User License Agreement (EULA) for reference and questions.


1 ping

    • Bedros on 03/18/2010 at 1:47 am

    BoxedApp Packer is the best virtualization tool (better than ThinApp) – http://boxedapp.com/

    • Alex on 08/28/2012 at 2:56 pm

    The link to the prepackaged view client thinapp that you provided does not work. Could you please provide the correct one.

    This would be much appreciated.

    Thank You,

  1. @Alex
    That was the correct link, but it seems it has been removed or deleted. The packaged version was not created by me. In this case you need to follow the video instructions and create your ThinApp package for the View Client.


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