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VMware ThinApp marketing slightly deceptive

VMwares not so accurate marketing message

A few weeks after writing How to ThinApp Smartstation?, I began pilot testing the ThinApp’d SmartStation to a small group of end users here at the firm.  Man was I unpleasantly surprised at just how limited ThinApp is.  There are a few “gotchas” specific to SmartStation that I would like to share that I had to learn the hard way.

SmartStation 4.5 is not supported on Windows 7 64-bit

This I knew going into the ThinApp process but the way that VMware has marketed the product, you’d think that this should not be an issue.  You’d think that it should work regardless of the O/S that the application is being deployed to.  WRONG! I filed a support request because I could not get my SmartStation ThinApp to work on Windows 7 64-bit.  The Support Technician informed me that:

Applications That ThinApp Cannot Virtualize ThinApp cannot convert some applications into virtual applications and might block certain application functions.  In those cases you must use traditional installation technologies to deploy some application types.

– Applications that do not natively support the deployment operating system:  If an operating system does not support the native installation of an application, that operating system is not a supported ThinApp deployment platform for that application.

And there you have it.  This information can also be found in the VMware ThinApp User’s Guide (which I must have overlooked). Read the rest of this entry »


Read This Update First

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Please be sure to read How to ThinApp SmartStation Part 2 first before proceeding.  There are some interesting limitations that I discovered during pilot testing that you should be aware first.  Your environment could be different than mine with a different set of requirements so your mileage may vary with this approach.  Good luck!

The SmartStation Dilemma

Many small-to-mid-sized brokerage firms like the one that I work for utilize an application called Thomson Financial SmartStation.  This application is a behemoth of an application that needs to be installed on just about every computer on our network.  Brokers utilize the application to get real-time quotes, do market research and execute trades of all kinds.  This application is the main tool utilized by our core business and without it we’d be considered self-clearing which would add a lot of administrative overhead to the work that we do.

But with many applications that are this large in size, updates to the application come very and I mean very slowly.  For example, the application didn’t support Internet Explorer 7 (that’s not a typo) until Summer of 2010!  Thus, we had to run Internet Explorer 6 on a vast majority of our workstations because of this.   This application is also the main reason why a movement to Windows 7 won’t occur until they complete the web-based version of the application (a move most applications made a long time ago). Read the rest of this entry »