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Nov 07 2012

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Thinapp Instructions for VMware View Client

14 DEC 2012: UPDATED FOR VMWARE VIEW CLIENT 5.1.2 (BUILD 937772)

13 JUL 2013: SEE HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON VMWARE HORIZON VIEW CLIENT 5.4.0 (BUILD 1219906)

Environment

Capture & build machine:

  • Windows XP SP3 – 32 bit (fully patched)
  • Install latest VMware Thinapp version (4.7.2 at the time of writing)
  • Make sure the capture & build machine has Internet access
  • Download the latest VMware View client for 32-bit Windows from http://www.vmware.com/go/viewclients
  • Copy the VMware View Client installation files to the capture & build machine
  • Install VMware Tools if they are not yet installed
  • Uninstall Microsoft Microsoft Visual C++

 

Prescan

Launch Thinapp Setup Capture

Click “Prescan”

When the prescan is finished minimize the Setup Capture wizard

 

Application installation

Install VMware View Client

  • Custom setup: Do not install “USB redirection” component
  • Default View Connection Server: leave blank or type your preferred View connection server
  • Enhanced Single Sign-On: leave defaults
  • Create Shortcuts: Only select “Desktop”
  • When the installation finished there is no need to restart as drivers are not applicable for this package

Launch View Client

Select Options

Check “Autoconnect: Always connect to this server at startup”

 

PostScan

Maximize the Setup Capture wizard

Click “Postscan”

Entry Points:

  • Select only “VMware View Client.exe”
  • Click “Next”

Manage with Horizon:

  • Click “Next”

Groups:

  • Select “Everyone”
  • Click “Next”

Isolation:

  • Select “Full write access..”
  • Click “Next”

Sandbox location:

  • Select “User Profile”
  • Click “Next”

Quality Assurance Statistics:

  • Select “No – Do not send..”
  • Click “Next”

Project Settings:

  • Inventory name: VMware View Client
  • Project location: choose location where you want to store the thinapped application
  • Click “Next”

Package Settings:

  • Do not select “Use separate .DAT file”
  • Do not select “Generate MSI package”
  • Click “Save”

Ready to build

  • Click “Open Project Folder”
  • Delete the below from the project folder

%Common AppData%\VMware\VDM\logs

> debug and log txt files

%Local AppData%\VMware\VDM\logs

> debug and log txt files

%Program Files Common%\VMware

> VMware Virtual Printing (this feature is not available in ThinApp virtual application)

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin

wswc_de_de_407.dll

wswc_fr_fr_40c.dll

wswc_ja_jp_411.dll

wswc_ko_kr_412.dll

wswc_zh_cn_804.dll

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin\messages

> all folders EXCEPT “en”

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\DCT

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\extras

> vdm_client.adm

%SystemRoot%\Installer

  • Click “Edit Package.ini”

Change Compressiontype=None to CompressionType=Fast

Change MSIStreaming=0 to MSIStreaming=1

Add the following lines just before the [Isolation] section

[Filelist]

ExcludePattern=*.bak,*.msi.*.mst,*.cab,*msp

Click “Build”

Click “Finish”

 

The end result is a single executable file of +/- 56 MB

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