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VMware ThinApp 5.1 Release Notes

ThinApp 5.1 | 09 September 2014 | Build 2079447

Last Document Update: 09 September 2014

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

VMware ThinApp 5.1 is the latest version of ThinApp. This release has the following enhancements.

ThinApp Package Management

In earlier versions of ThinApp, to change some specific Package.ini parameters, you had to first make those changes in the configuration file, save the file, and rebuild the package. Using the new ThinApp package management feature, you can dynamically reconfigure the attributes of deployed ThinApp packages at runtime. ThinApp Package management helps IT administrators manage ThinApp packages and define group policy for each package. Each package to be managed must have an associated group policy defined using its inventory name.

When you install ThinApp 5.1, a new folder named Policy is created in the installation directory. This folder contains tools and templates for managing ThinApp packages and contains the following files:

  • AppPolicy.exe
  • README.TXT
  • ThinAppBase.adml
  • ThinAppBase.admx
  • ThinAppGeneric.adml
  • ThinAppGeneric.admx

ThinApp selects the policy precedence when you rebuild a package and deploy it. If a package is managed by a group policy, ThinApp gives precedence to the policy over its Package.ini configuration.

Group Policy Administrative Templates

ThinApp 5.1 introduces the group policy administrative template (ADMX/ADML) files. With these template files you can reconfigure group policy settings for applications that were packaged by ThinApp. The GPO files work on domain controllers that run in the following environments:
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012

Administrative Template files contain markup language that is used to describe a registry-based Group Policy. The administrative files are divided into language-neutral (.admx files) and language-specific resources (.adml files), available to all Group Policy administrators. These factors allow Group Policy tools to adjust the user interface according to the administrator's configured language.

Reconfiguring Attributes of Deployed ThinApp Packages

In addition to ThinDirect, with ThinApp 5.1 you can now reconfigure or manage the following attributes of a deployed package:
  • AppSync
  • AppLink
  • Entry-Point Shortcuts

Note: To know how to reconfigure these package attributes, see the ThinApp 5.1 User's Guide.

ThinDirect

In ThinApp 5.1, the following enhancements have been made to the ThinDirect plug-in:

  • Support for the update of ThinDirect settings at specified time intervals
  • In ThinApp 5.1, the ThinDirect functionality has been enhanced to periodically poll for the ThinDirect setting changes. Since, the ThinDirect settings are now detected dynamically, the user need not restart the browser to view the updated changes.

  • Support for dynamic changes to ThinDirect via ADM
  • In ThinApp 5.1, you can use ThinDirect.ADM file to manage the ThinDirect enabled firefox.

  • Support for overriding the ThinDirect settings through GPO
  • In ThinApp installation directory, locate the ThinDirect.admx and ThinDirect.adml files. Use these files to manage the settings for ThinDirect feature by defining a group policy object. If the ThinDirect feature is defined through the GPO, these settings would override the text file (ThinDirect.txt) based redirection.

  • Support for redirection between two virtual browsers
  • ThinApp 5.1 supports redirection between two virtual browsers.

  • Support for ThinDirect in Mozilla Firefox
  • In ThinApp 5.1, ThinDirect has been enhanced to work with Mozilla Firefox version 22 and later. In earlier versions of ThinApp, ThinDirect was limited to Internet Explorer.

New Package.ini Parameter Introduced

ThinApp 5.1 introduces the SandboxWindowClassName parameter. When you set the SandboxWindowClassName=1 you can sandbox or isolate the application defined window class names created and used within the ThinApp package.

Extracting an existing ThinApp project to a system

ThinApp 5.1 allows you to extract an existing ThinApp project to a capture and build operating system by using snapshot.exe and snapshot64.exe commands.

Pre-requisites
Before you extract an existing ThinApp project to a capture and build operating system, ensure that the following conditions are met:
  • Verify that the architecture and type of the captured operating system is the same as that of the deployed operating system.
  • Perform the extraction of an existing ThinApp project on a clean capture and build machine.
  • Ensure that the user profile in the existing virtual project is the same as that of the capture and build machine.
ThinApp 5.1 has the following command line options to extract existing projects to capture and build operating systems:
  • snapshot.exe is used to extract an existing ThinApp project to a capture and build 32-bit operating system
  • snapshot64.exe is used to extract an existing ThinApp project to a capture and build 64-bit operating system
Note: To know more about the process for extracting existing ThinApp packages, see the ThinApp 5.1 User's Guide.

MAPI Support

ThinApp 5.1 supports the Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) on the following Microsoft Windows platforms:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 32-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1 32-bit
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit

ThinApp 5.1 provides the DefaultEmailProgram option in Package.ini to register a virtual email client as the host's default email program. You have to enable this option to register the default email program. The Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) is not supported on Windows XP x86 operating system. For more information, see KB artilce 2087898.

Support for Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11

ThinApp 5.1 supports Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 only on the Windows 7 operating system.

Support for Windows 8.1

ThinApp 5.1 works on the Windows 8.1 August update (Update 2).

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Resolved Issues

The ThinApp 5.1 release resolves the following issues:

  • When you access web sites with Flash content virtualized Adobe Flash 11.3 freezes the Firefox browser
    When you package Firefox along with Adobe Flash 11.3 and access a web site with Flash content, the browser freezes and fails to load the flash content.
    Resolution: This issue is resolved in ThinApp 5.1.

  • The ThinDirect plug-in should read configuration files more often
    In ThinApp 5.1, the ThinDirect plug-in does not poll the registry and files for setting changes, the changes to the file and registry are not detected dynamically, you must restart the browser to update the changes.
    Resolution: ThinDirect plug-in has been enhanced to handle this issue.

  • ThinApp fails to use virtual Microsoft Outlook as the host's default email program
    On a system with a virtual Microsoft Outlook 2013 (or other email clients), if you right-click a file and select the Send to Mail Recipient option from the pop-up menu, the virtual Outlook 2013 fails to start and does not send the mail.
    Resolution: ThinApp 5.1 provides the DefaultEmailProgram option in Package.ini to register a virtual email client as the host's default email program. You have to enable this option to register the default email program.

  • ThinApp displays the encoding of the trace reports in ANSI, replacing any occurrence of non-ASCII characters with question marks
    On a Simplified Chinese Windows 7, 64-bit operating system, while virtualizing the Firefox 18 application, if you include non-ASCII characters for the Inventory Name and build the package and generate the text trace report, you might notice that the report encoding has changed to ANSI and some of the non-ASCII characters are replaced with question marks.
    Resolution: ThinApp 5.1 has enhanced the existing localization support with the introduction of Unicode characters, which resolves this issue.

  • An error message is displayed when you copy some characters from a PDF using a virtual version of Adobe Reader 11
    When you open a pdf file using a virtual version of Adobe Reader 11 and attempt to copy some characters, ThinApp displays a pop-up error message:
    There was an error while copying to the Clipboard. An internal error occurred
    This issue is observed on Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit Service Pack 1 operating systems.
    Resolution: Enhanced support for Clipboard APIs in ThinApp 5.1 resolves this issue.

  • Log Monitor displays a warning message if you close and relaunch it without closing the associated ThinApp application
    When you close the Log Monitor associated with a ThinApp application and attempt to relaunch the Log Monitor without closing the ThinApp application, ThinApp displays the following warning message:
    Log Monitor is already running, only one copy may be active at a time.
    If you check the Task Manager you might not notice any instance of Log Monitor running.
    Resolution: Modifying the synchronization mechanism of Log Monitor module resolves this issue.

  • ThinApp cannot print when a 32-bit virtual application is deployed to a 64-bit operating system
    On a 64-bit Windows operating system, you cannot print from a ThinApp virtual package captured using a 32-bit Windows operating system.
    Resolution: Setting the isolation mode of %SystemSystem(x64)%\spool in the ThinApp package 64-bit operating system to MERGED state resolves this issue.

  • Adding a ThinApp application to a repository results in an API object error
    When you attempt to add a ThinApp application (Flash Player 12) to a repository, VMware View does not allow this action and displays the following error message:
    : HRESULT hr = 0x8c420002. Internal error: unable to create API object
    Resolution: Enhanced support for ThinApp MSI in ThinApp 5.1 resolves this issue.

  • Internet Explorer 10 fails to load JAVA
    On a Windows 7 32-bit operating system, if you package Internet Explorer 10 with Java or use the Applink feature, Internet Explorer fails to load JAVA.
    Resolution: To resolve this issue ThinApp no longer loads kernel32.dll or kernelbase.dll from the package.

  • On 64-bit operating systems, the ThinDirect plug-in does not work between virtual browsers
    If you enable a 32-bit virtual browser with ThinDirect, deploy it on a 64-bit environment and allow the browsers to participate in redirection with other 32-bit and 64-bit systems (with or without ThinDirect plug-in enabled), the ThinApp application fails to launch the browsers redirected using the ThinDirect plug-in.
    Resolution: To resolve this issue, generate an .alt file, set the AltArchitectureShortcut=1 in Package.ini file and rebuild the package.

  • On Simplified Chinese and Japanese operating systems, virtual applications fail to start if you use non-ASCII characters in folder paths or application names when Log Monitor is running
    In Simplified Chinese and Japanese Windows 7 64-bit environments, if you virtualize an application that includes non-ASCII characters in the application name, and then copy the virtual application to a non-ASCII directory and launch the Log Monitor before you launch the application, the application launch fails.
    Resolution: ThinApp 5.1 has enhanced the existing localization support with the introduction of Unicode characters, which resolves this issue.

  • ThinApp fails to launch native and virtual instances of Adobe Reader 11 concurrently
    On a Windows 7 32-bit operating system, when you have virtual and native instance of Adobe Reader 11, ThinApp can launch only one instance.
    Resolution: Setting the parameters SandboxWindowClassName=1 and IsolatedSynchronizationObjects=ACROSEMAPHORE_R11 in package.ini resolves this issue.

  • Adobe Reader 11 displays incorrect content in the print preview window and in the printed document
    When you virtualize Adobe Reader 11 and attempt to print a pdf document, you might notice some inconsistency in content in the Print Preview window and the printed document.
    Resolution: Improved communication support between parent and child processes resolves this issue.

  • Microsoft Visio 2007 and 2010 display an error message if you insert an equation
    On a virtual version of Microsoft Visio 2007 and 2010, if you attempt to insert an equation using the Insert > Picture > Equation option, the ThinApp application displays the following error message:
    Visio internal error: #3400 Action 1646: Insert Equation
    Resolution: ThinApp 5.1 has fixed issues related to virtual OLE object, which resolves this issue.

  • ThinApp 5.0 does not create a Thinstall registry key
    Using ThinApp 5.0, if you virtualize an application and navigate to the virtual registry you may not see the Thinstall registry key. This issue is observed for all the applications virtualized using ThinApp 5.0.
    Resolution: This issue is fixed in ThinApp 5.1.

  • J-Trader Client fails to start on Windows 7 32-bit operating system
    If you virtualize the J-Trader client on a Windows 7 32-bit operating system that has Java 1.6u31 natively installed and edit the value of -Xmx in JTrader.14J.ini file, the virtual application fails to start.
    Resolution: Enhanced support for memory management in ThinApp 5.1 resolves this issue.

  • WinCVS fails to save registry settings
    When you log in to virtual WinCVS as Administrator and make changes to the preferences by using the Admin > Preferences option, the application fails to save the changes to the registry and displays the following error message:
    Error while saving preferences!
    Resolution: This issue is resolved in ThinApp 5.1.

  • taskschd.msc fails to start from a virtual command prompt
    On a Windows 7 32-bit operating system, when you capture an empty package, launch a virtual command prompt, and then start taskschd.msc, the taskschd program displays a fatal error message with non-specific error information.
    Resolution: This issue is resolved in ThinApp 5.1.

  • schtasks exits silently when run from a virtual command prompt
    On a Windows 7 32-bit operating system, when you capture an empty package, launch a virtual command prompt, and then start schtasks.exe, the schtasks program exits silently without displaying summary information for all scheduled tasks.
    Resolution:This issue is resolved in ThinApp 5.1.

  • The IgnoreDDEMessages ThinApp parameter does not work on Windows 8.1 64-bit operating system
    On a Windows 8.1 64-bit operating system that has Microsoft Office 2013 natively installed, if you copy *.xls, *.ppt, *.doc and *.html files to file system, set the ThinApp package ini parameter IgnoreDDEMessages=1 and if you double click on any of the copied files, the ThinApp application does not allow the native Microsoft Office 2013 applications to open these files. Incorrectly, virtual Microsoft Office 2013 applications opens the files instead.
    Resolution: This issue is resolved in ThinApp 5.1.

  • The virtual version of the Citrix v11.150 client launches the native Citrix Receiver instead of the virtual Citrix client
    When you start the virtual version of Citrix v11.150 client, the virtual client launches a native Citrix Receiver instead of the virtual Citrix client and displays the following error message:
    Citrix Receiver Configuration Manager: Could not find the file named (C:\Planon.ica). Please check your installation, or contact your administrator
    Resolution:This issue is resolved in ThinApp 5.1. For more information, see KB article 2087931.

  • Citrix Receiver fails with ThinApp 5.0.1
    If you start a Citrix Receiver that was virtualized using ThinApp 5.0.1, the Citrix receiver fails to start and displays a fatal error message.
    Resolution:This issue is resolved in ThinApp 5.1.

  • Internet Explorer 6 displays ClassFactory cannot supply requested class error on Windows 8.1 operating system
    On a virtualized version of Internet Explorer 6, if you attempt to save a file to a folder shortcut using the File > Save as option, ThinApp displays the following error message:
    ClassFactory cannot supply requested class
    This issue is observed on the Windows 8.1 operating system.
    Resolution:To resolve this issue in ThinApp 5.1, support for handling calls to the native shell have been enhanced.

  • During application synchronization, the Thinreg option fails to register an application if there is a whitespace in the path
    If you use the AppSync option to synchronize an application and there is a whitespace in the path of the application executable, Thinreg option fails to register the new application.
    Resolution:ThinApp now registers new binaries after Application Synchronization, even if the path contains a whitespace.

  • The ExportReg option of ThinAppís virtual registry tool, vregtool, fails if the REG_SZ, REG_BINARY and REG_DWORD values are not set
    When you virtualize Adobe Reader 11, and the registry parameters REG_SZ, REG_BINARY and REG_DWORD are not set,vregtool's ExportReg option fails.
    Resolution:The ExportReg option of vregtool now handles empty REG_DWORD values.

  • Log Monitor logs extraneous information along with the version of Internet Explorer on Windows 8 and 8.1.
    If you use Log Monitor on Windows 8 or 8.1 to generate a trace report, you might notice that the version of Internet Explorer shown in the logs has an extraneous prefix along with its actual version number. This issue occurs on Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 operating systems.
    Resolution:Log Monitor no longer displays extraneous information along with the Internet Explorer version.

  • Google Chrome displays blank web pages on Windows Server 2003
    When you start a native Chrome browser to view a Web site, close it,  and then view a Web site with a virtual version of Chrome, the virtual browser might display a blank page. This issue is observed on Windows Server 2003 operating systems.
    Resolution:This issue is resolved in ThinApp 5.1.

Known Issues

The following issues are known to occur in the ThinApp 5.1 release:

  • Internet Explorer 11 fails to start on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.

  • Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) is not supported on Windows XP x86 operating systems.

  • The virtual version of Internet Explorer 6.0 fails to open some specific URLs.
    Workaround: Add the following parameter in Package.ini build options
    [BuildOptions]
    NotificationDLLs=T2embed.dll

  • If protected view is enabled in Microsoft Excel 2013 it will fail to open files from a network path.
    Workaround: Disable protected view from File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Protected View > Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations.

  • Microsoft Visio 2010 help files are not displayed on 64-bit operating systems. For more information, see KB article 2091911.

  • 32-bit Internet Explorer 10 does not work on Windows 8.1 operating systems (32-bit and 64-bit).

  • If you attempt to start two instances of virtual Microsoft Word 2013 or Microsoft Power Point 2013 they will become unresponsive.

  • ThinApp fails to build package on Windows 7 x86 English operating systems if you change the Outdir parameter in Package.ini and replace it with any of the following language characters:
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Traditional Chinese
    • Japanese
    • Korean

  • ThinApp cannot change registry key names on Windows 8 x86 operating systems.
  • When you start virtual version of AutoCAD on Windows 7 64 bit operating system, the following error message is displayed:
    PresentationFontCache.exe - Application Error

  • Internet Explorer 10 captured on Windows 7 32-bit does not work on Windows 7 64bit, Windows 8 32-bit, and Windows 8 64-bit operating systems.
    Workaround: Remove kernel32.dll and kernelbase.dll from the %SystemSystem% folder in the Internet Explorer 10 package and rebuild the package. For more information, see KB article 2091938.

  • Virtual version of Visual Studio 2010 displays Invalid license data.Reinstall is required error message on launch. For more information, see KB article 2091953.