VMware ThinApp : Application isolation and simple publishing
July 26, 2022

VMware ThinApp : Application isolation and simple publishing

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with VMware ThinApp

VMware ThinApp has been used to virtualize and package multiple applications, for isolation purposes and for compatibility issues. We have packaged multiple frameworks and runtimes (like Java or .NET) to embed them with specific applications without impacting locally installed apps. Longer ago, we also used ThinApp to allow Internet Explorer 6 uses on newer operating systems (for older web apps compatibility).
  • Secure containers
  • Easy packaging and capture
  • Simple publishing
  • VMware seems to have abandoned the product (no functionality evolutions, only security patches).
  • VMware ThinApp is really difficult to buy standalone, it comes packaged with other products.
  • VMware ThinApp allowed us to maintain older apps, avoiding refactoring costs.
  • ThinApp used with VMware Horizon is great to separate desktop and app management, allowing to fine-tune desktop delivery to end users.
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)
VMware ThinApp capturing and publishing is way more simple than the App-V approach, but App-V seems to be more suitable for the largest deployments. Application Virtualization seems to be less and less common today, as VDI approaches can solve some issues (like publishing apps from a virtual desktop instead of locally installed or virtualized packages).

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Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)
VMware ThinApp is really great for simple packaging projects, standalone apps, or older apps that needs specific runtimes or environment which are not available on target operating systems. Integration with VMware Horizon is simple, and deployment is easy by using shares for storing captured apps, or MSI packages for deploying by group strategies.

VMware ThinApp Feature Ratings

Application support
Device support
Ease of deployment
Application packaging