By now if you attended or watched the Tuesday morning VMworld Keynote speech by Stephen Herrod you have heard of something called ThinApp Factory. But most of you are probably wondering what is this product? Is it a place where you can drop off install media and some elves package your applications and mail them back to you for work. Not exactly, but it is something that will assist you in the packaging of common applications.
I spoke with an End User Computing (EUC) specialist today and got some of the following details. The idea behind Thinapp Factory is an appliance that will auto package Thinapps for you. You will point it towards an MSI or install file for an application. For example the Firefox install file. Then Thinapp Factory will auto spin up and Virtual Machine (VM) and do the application packaging for you. It will then generate a Thinapp EXE package for you. Right now only EXE files are available but MSI packages will be coming as the product matures.
To start Thinapp Factory will be able to package applications that follow standard MSI sequencing standards. As additional applications are certified VMware will continue to add them to the Factory. So this only leaves applications that cannot be done easy for you to have to package manually.
One thing of note also the VMware person told me was that if you point Thinapp Factor at 6 applications to install it will auto spin up 6 separate VMs and package them individually for you. I look forward to hearing and seeing more on this product.
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About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design