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VMware ThinApp 4.5 - Product Overview and Technical Discussion

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  • 1. VMware ThinApp Product Overview and Technical Discussion © 2009 VMware Inc. All rights reserved
  • 2. The VMware ThinApp Solution Agentless architecture • Single file – EXE, MSI • No installation or changes to registry • Zero management required on end point device Seamlessly fits into any environment • No streaming server hardware or software needed • Plugs into any existing management framework Run Virtually Any Application from Any Device • Desktop, USB, flash, terminal services, Citrix • Any windows application – simple to complex • Supporting components can be run side by side (Java, .Net) Ensuring security without compromising user flexibility • User-Mode execution • Virtual Registry/File System protects underlying host OS • No pre-installed agent required on underlying OS
  • 3. Create Conflict Free Desktops Problem: Tightly coupled relationships between OS, Applications and Data Symptoms: • Application Conflicts • Complex Compatibility Test Matrices • Diminished Time to Deployment • Loss of User Productivity • Increased helpdesk support calls Solution: VMware ThinApp 2009 Reader’s Choice Award • Agentless application virtualization 2010 Best product in category decouples applications and data www.virtualizationreview.com from the OS
  • 4. How ThinApp Works VMware ThinApp Links the Application, Virtual Operating System (VOS), File System and Registry into a Single EXE MSI File • Application Encapsulation Windows & Isolation Operating System • Intercepts file and system calls ThinApp Secure • Process Loading- start exe from Compressed Container (EXE) VOS, Launch from host OS Application (Virtual/Physical). Registry Access Virtual Registry Physical Registry • DLL Loading. Loads EXE/DLL/OCX dependencies. Virtual Physical File Access File System File System • Thread & Process Management. Virtual OS Sandbox VOS tracks all processes and threads inside virtual registry (Sandbox of Runtime Modifications).
  • 5. ThinApp 4.5 What’s new
  • 6. ThinApp 4.5 what’s new Full Windows 7 support Performance Accelerator Virtualize legacy apps on Reduced page file usage and older Windows platform for increased memory sharing for deployment to Windows 7 faster delivery at reduced bandwidth consumption Relink Registry Transaction Protection Upgrade existing ThinApp packages without the need of Ensure registry file integrity and application project files eliminate potential data corruption due to crash or system failure ThinApp SDK Published APIs to allow for integration of ThinApp with Enhanced Supportability third party software ThinApp Community Portal Customers have option to Users can upload share packaging results with application instructions and VMware for better support…. share with the community
  • 7. Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Support • Full support for the following Windows operating systems at the same level as Windows XP and Windows Vista  Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)  Windows Server 2008 R2 • New applications captured on older platforms (XP or Vista) can still run on Windows 7/Server 2008 • Windows 7/Server 2008 can also be used to capture new applications  Best practice: Capture platform <= Deployment platform
  • 8. Seamless Package Upgrades with Relink Tool • Upgrades ThinApp runtime within existing packages.  Makes older ThinApp packages Win 7 compatible. • Does NOT require original project rebuild. • Preserves original ThinApp packages as .BAK files.  Ensure disk space is available! • Supports wildcards and recursion. • Easy command line & scripting potential. Syntax: relink [-Recursive] <path_to_package> *.exe *.dat *.msi Examples: relink -recursive c:Thinapps*.exe relink AdobeReader.exe
  • 9. ThinApp 4.5 Performance Accelerator • Significant performance improvements in VDI environments w/shared storage.  Shorter application startup time  Lower network bandwidth consumption  Lower disk IOPs  Reduced memory consumption and page file usage • Implemented with new PACKAGE.INI parameter  OptimizeFor=Memory Streaming Improvements from ThinApp 4.0.4 to 4.5 Launch Time (sec) Mem Used (MB) Network Payload (KB) Excel -46.4 % -57.8 % -42.0 % Word -23.5 % -88.7 % -38.9 % PPT -34.5 % -35.6 % -36.6 % Outlook -48.3 % -57.7 % -38.9 % Adobe -20.5 % -0.7 % -44.1 %
  • 10. Setup Capture Changes • Improvements made to Setup Capture wizard for enhanced customer experience. • Context-sensitive Help, Help buttons, and External Links added to many screens.
  • 11. Technical Discussion Architecture
  • 12. Technical Architecture – User Mode Architecture • User mode architecture provides transparency and best in class compatibility.  ThinApp packaged apps do not require kernel mode for CPU-level privileges. - No more BSODs!! - Host OS and other apps are protected from potential corruptions by app modifications.  ThinApp packaged apps do not require Admin mode for OS-level privileges. - No more Local Admins! - Users can run apps on locked-down PCs or Kiosks as “guest” user. Ring 3 Applications Ring 2 Device Drivers Least Privileged Ring 1 Device Drivers Ring 0 Kernel Most Privileged
  • 13. Technical Architecture – Sandbox & Isolation • Sandboxing & Isolation Modes provide security and persistence.  ThinApp redirects all runtime changes to private, per-user/per-app sandbox location.  Sandbox location is configurable: - Network share (i.e. Home Drives). - Removable USB volume or VMware View User Data Disk. - User-specific directory (i.e. %appdata%thinstall). - Honors system variables (i.e. %UserName%, %ComputerName%, etc.)  Reset apps to default behavior by deleting the sandbox.
  • 14. Technical Discussion Deployment Options
  • 15. ThinApp Deployment Scenarios Stream From Share Locally Deploy Flash Device Efficiently Stream Deploy ThinApp Enable Workforce Applications to Packages through Mobility And Full Multiple Users existing Application From a Single distribution to Portability Without Network Share managed desktops Compromising Security
  • 16. ThinApp Streaming from Network Share Cost Efficient Application File Server “Network Share” Density on the LAN Enterprise software Licenses • Deliver applications to multiple users from a single network share • Stream into memory without local disk footprint • Read-only Network Share is only support burden • Utilize DFS for replication and branch office solution • Excellent mechanism for integration with View desktops
  • 17. Locally Deploy with Existing Management Framework Deliver using existing process and Locally Deploy workflow to variety of End Points. • Leverage existing workflow to distribute as MSI or Exe Package / Publish Distribute packages • Application performance based on local resources • Simplicity for harvesting inventory and usage 3rd Party Config Management Various Endpoints
  • 18. ThinApp from USB Enabling Mobility without Compromising on Security USB Applications ThinApp (EXE or MSI) • Run applications from Flash devices on any end point ThinApp VOS • User-mode only execution Applications allows for deployment on locked-down PCs • End users can continue with their activity with their favorite applications • No Install Required! Kiosk Locked Down Laptop Home PC Desktop
  • 19. Simplify Desktop Delivery with View Simplify Software Delivery (no agents/infrastructure) • Freedom from application conflicts. • Integration without dedicated server infrastructure. Streamline Patch Updates • Modify 1 app for an entire environment. • In place upgrades. Reduce Storage • Reuse templates. • Reduce image size and complexity. • Apps delivered from network.
  • 20. Technical Discussion Features & Process
  • 21. Application Link – Connect ThinApps Primary Application Dependency Primary Application Seamless Interoperability Enhance License Management • ThinApp packages can talk • Reduces package size to together and with OS ease deployment and delivery • Enables interoperability • Enhances software license between virtual applications management tracking via and underlying OS current inventory tools
  • 22. Application Sync : Update ThinApp Packages Package / Publish Deliver Manage Mobility with Ease • Manage applications in the HTTP/HTTPS/FILE Server extended enterprise: Partners, App Subsidiaries (Version C) • Ship only what they need, when they need it App (Version B to C) Enable Workforce Mobility App • Flexible delivery to a variety of (Version A to C) devices (USB, Thin Client, PC) • Conflict free application updates for unmanaged PCs SMB/HTTP/HTTPS Byte Level Updates (WAN) over WAN/LAN via Active Directory
  • 23. Introduction to Application Packaging Steps for packaging an application with ThinApp: • The Setup Capture utility creates a baseline snapshot before the application is installed (pre-scan) • The application is traditionally installed • The Build phase of Setup Capture creates the virtualized application package (post-scan) • Set package “entry points” and package options • Finish by browsing and building the project Pre-scan Install Set package Browse and Post-scan application options build package
  • 24. Active Directory Integration Primary Integration Points 1. Role Based Access To Applications 2. Access Control and Distribution
  • 25. Desktop Integration Questions How do I register applications? Deploy MSI Packages Use ThinReg in a Script Answer: Application Registration
  • 26. Application Virtualization “Grey Areas” Every appvirt product has these four issues! Competitors have additional issues! •Drivers – Drivers cannot be virtualized as they are Windows OS Level controlled components which must interface with a logical or physical device. •COM Plus – COM Plus objects cannot be virtualized as they are Windows OS Level controlled components (ThinApp can virtualize COM objects). •Network DCOM – Network DCOM objects cannot be virtualized (DCOM – a.k.a. Local DCOM – objects can be virtualized by ThinApp) as there are two sides to Network DCOM objects – a local and a remote side. •Windows Components – ThinApp does not support virtualizing some OS Level Windows components such as DNS (client/server), DHCP (client/server), WINS (client/server), IIS, etc.
  • 27. Wrap Up Agentless Architecture Agentless Architecture • No compatibility issues with multiple versions • No backend infrastructure requirements • 100% User mode execution Wide Platform Support • Support for 16, 32 & 64bit Windows. • Windows NT – Win 7, W2K – W2K8. • Citrix XenApp & MS Terminal Services. Agentless Architecture Works with What You Have Now! • Various multiple .NET and Java • HP • IBM runtimes. • BMC (Marimba) • CA • Multiple versions of Internet Explorer – run IE 6, IE 7, & IE8 on the same • SMS/SCCM • BigFix machine (Not Easy!). • LanDesk • Many, Many More! Confidential
  • 28. Q&A Thank You!