VMware ThinApp 4.0.4 Release Notes

ThinApp 4.0.4 | 8 NOV 2009 | Build 204871

Last Document Update: 8 NOV 2009

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

The 4.0.4 release is a maintenance bug fix release. See Resolved Issues.

This release adds the following enhancements:

  • Journaling support for the virtual registry.

    This support prevents data corruption when an application fails during a write operation, a power failure, or an incomplete disk flush on a removable disk.
  • German and Japanese versions of the ThinApp User's Guide.

This release does not support the Windows 7 operating system. If you try ThinApp with Windows 7, VMware invites you to share your feedback in the community forum.

Prior Releases of VMware ThinApp 4

Features from prior releases of VMware ThinApp 4 are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for prior releases, click one of the following links:

Resolved Issues

The 4.0.4 release resolves these issues:

  • Microsoft SQL Server Express cannot run on Windows Vista Enterprise edition.
  • AutoCAD crashes on startup.
  • When you specify a sandbox location from the command line, NoMachine NX Client fails.
  • When you capture and configure Microsoft Outlook 2007 on a Japanese operating system, you cannot create .pst files.
  • MicroStrategy Server cannot generate Microsoft Excel data through the Windows Installer.
  • The thinreg.exe utility cannot unregister packages when you redirect the Start menu to UNC shares.
  • Mapping large virtual files into memory fails for the IMobileTC application.
  • When you use the Chinese version of Internet Explorer 6 with Service Pack 1, the Security and Advanced tabs of the Internet Options dialog box appear in English.
  • The IBM Rational 7.0.1 License Key Administrator cannot detect virtual registry keys.
  • The 16-bit component of Fiserv Organization Profitability System (OPS) cannot detect .dll files in the virtual environment.

Known Issues

The following known issues affect the 4.0.4 release:

  • The ThinApp User's Guide states that ThinApp does not support nested Active Directory groups.

    Active Directory Domain Services define security groups and distribution groups. ThinApp can only support nested security groups. The guide will include the updated requirement in the next release.
  • In the snapshot.exe Sample Commands table of the ThinApp User's Guide, you must replace the third, sixth, and ninth commands with these corresponding commands:

    snapshot C:\Capture.snapshot C:data.snapshot C:\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    snapshot C:\data.snapshot C:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    snapshot C:\start.snapshot -SuggestProject C:\end.snapshot C:\project.ini

    The guide will include the updated commands in the next release.
  • ThinApp does not support folder macros, such as %AppData%, when the macros expand to directories on UNC shares. If you capture applications with customized data for each user, you might lose that customization or the application might fail when group policy folder redirection relocates %AppData% to UNC paths on the deployment machine.

    To prevent the application failure or data loss, you can capture the application without user customization, use mapped drives, or use roaming profiles.
  • ThinApp installation errors might occur with system login names that contain Japanese characters.
  • Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional cannot create a PDF file from a Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel document.
  • The Application Sync utility fails when the AppSyncURL parameter in the Package.ini file contains Japanese characters.

    To prevent this failure, use ASCII characters in the AppSyncURL parameter.
  • Microsoft Word 2003 stops responding when you open and close the Microsoft Equation Editor.

    The Equation Editor feature creates a COM object. When you close the Equation Editor, the Winword.exe utility tries to free the object and causes the Equation Editor to fail.

    To prevent this failure, deselect the Equation Editor option during the Microsoft Office 2003 installation.
  • Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 do not work on Windows Vista.
  • Windows and Google search do not work with a virtual Microsoft Outlook application.
  • Using Microsoft Office 2003 Excel files in Microsoft Office 2007 compatibility mode generates an error.
  • For backward compatibility reasons, Thinstall appears in the user profile and as the folder in which ThinApp creates the sandbox.
  • Packaging applications on hard drives with limited space can generate errors during the packaging process.
  • When you save packages in directories with long names, the names might exceed the Windows maximum limit of 256 characters and generate build errors.

    To avoid the Windows filename limit, save and build packages in directories with short names. For example, you can save packages in C:\apps.