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Compare top tools for deploying virtualized applications

Take a look at some of the top tools for publishing, streaming and delivering virtualized applications, including App-V, XenApp and ThinApp. Find out how each tool works and what situations are the best fit for each one.


Organizations looking to deliver virtualized applications have a lot of tools to pick through, but Citrix, Microsoft and VMware app virtualization, remoting and publishing offerings sit at the top of the market.

With these tools, admins can deploy and manage Windows applications and computing resources from the safety of the data center, and users can access those remote apps and data from multiple endpoints.

ThinApp is one of VMware's top application virtualization tools. An agentless tool available as part of the Horizon Suite or as its own product, ThinApp has been around since 2008, but VMware also added an app layering product, App Volumes, and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) capabilities to the Horizon suite. Microsoft's tool is App-V, with a centralized management console and agent-based installation approach. Finally, Citrix brings XenApp to the table. This virtual app delivery tool notably allows more than one user to independently access a server at the same time.

Find out more about each of these app delivery tools and a few other options before making a decision about how you'll deploy virtualized applications.

1VMware tools-

Get to know VMware ThinApp and more

VMware's ThinApp virtualization tool allows IT to deliver legacy apps on new OS versions and high-security desktops. It also simplifies application management and updates. Administrators can use ThinApp to allow users to transfer apps from one desktop to another with a USB device. Take time to learn how to use ThinApp, uncover best practices and see how it compares to other VMware options.


In-depth ThinApp how to

Learn how to create virtualized apps with VMware ThinApp in this step-by-step guide. Admins need to know how to set up a VM, take snapshots and use the Setup Capture utility. Continue Reading


Inside look at how ThinApp works

Virtualizing applications can increase their performance and portability. Find out what makes VMware ThinApp tick and uncover some best practices, including limiting AppLinked packages. Continue Reading


App Volumes and ThinApp are a formidable team

VMware App Volumes is useful for groups of virtualized applications, while ThinApp isolates and enables apps companies can't use. Both tools play roles in a well-rounded app virtualization strategy. Continue Reading


Can ThinApp measure up to Horizon 6 RDSH?

VMware ThinApp provides application virtualization, but it can't compare to the hosted-app functionality in Horizon 6. Continue Reading


Explore VMware's App Volumes

App Volumes keeps the operating system and the applications on separate layers to prevent administrators from dealing with needless troubleshooting. Continue Reading

2Microsoft app virtualization-

What to expect from Microsoft App-V

Microsoft's App-V app virtualization platform consists of six major components. The Sequencer organizes app files, Windows Installer files and multiple XML files. App-V's Management Server delivers apps to the Desktop Client, which publishes apps on users' endpoints. Admins can deploy applications through the App-V Remote Desktop Services Client to enable shared desktop sessions. App-V's Publishing Server streams apps as part of a virtual app package, and lastly, the Reporting Server delivers reports on what users are doing. Learn even more about what Microsoft App-V can do, how to customize it and when to use it.


Take control of App-V deployments

By understanding how to deploy App-V virtualized applications, businesses can cut costs and turn IT into a valued business service. Continue Reading


When is App-V a good fit?

Microsoft App-V can improve centralized control over complex applications without endpoint installation and management hassles. Continue Reading


How to customize App-V

With tools such as Microsoft User Experience Virtualization, admins can tailor the user's App-V experience and manage virtualized applications easier. Continue Reading


Four app packaging issues to look out for

Microsoft's App-V Sequencer tool works well for most applications, but not all. Discover some application packaging issues to avoid, including OS compatibility problems. Continue Reading


What to do about a migration off App-V

If admins face a migration off an older version of App-V, they must decide whether to upgrade or just switch to a different management platform. Continue Reading

3Citrix app delivery-

Explore XenApp app publishing

Citrix's XenApp tool for app publishing uses Citrix's HDX remote display technologies to deliver multimedia, enable USB redirection, and more. Employees can access XenApp virtualized applications with a range of devices, using Citrix Receiver client software. Explore new features in the latest version of XenApp, find out how to scale the tool and learn how to troubleshoot an HDX outage.


Upgrades to XenApp 7.7 and 7.8

Citrix has been busy adding new features to XenApp 7.7 and 7.8. Get to know XenApp's new integrations with Microsoft technologies and Citrix's app layering. Continue Reading


XenApp vs. Horizon 6 RDSH

Citrix XenApp 7.6 might be the industry leader in app publishing, but VMware has closed the gap by including comparable Remote Desktop Session Host features for app delivery in its Horizon 6 suite. Continue Reading


Prepare for Windows apps, not desktops

Windows' future won't be about the desktop. It will be about the applications, and Citrix knows it, based on its decision to bring back standalone XenApp. Continue Reading


Make sure XenApp can scale

Admins must be certain their XenApp deployment can scale with users' growth, which includes allocating resources properly and implementing load testing. Continue Reading


What to do if XenApp connectivity goes down

If admins have HDX protocol connectivity problems and need to troubleshoot XenApp servers, they should first test TCP port 1494. If that does not identify the issue, turn off Session Reliability. Continue Reading


Key app virtualization terms to know

A list of important definitions to understand about delivering and managing virtualized applications.

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