Application Virtualization: deliver any app in the browser with Thinfinity® Remote Workspace
The need for application virtualization has grown during the past two years, and it demands quick but solid workarounds.
We will take advantage of Microsoft RemoteApp, which allows users to see and interact with a single application and not the entire desktop, and we will virtualize this application with Thinfinity Remote Workspace.
In this way, the users will be able to access the remote app we’ve published using any web browser, just as if they were running it on their local device.
As you will see in this guide, there’s no need to have any programming skills or make modifications to the Windows application source code to accomplish it. The only requisite is to previously install Windows Server with Remote Desktop Services.
We recommend checking your environment before you start following this tutorial, ad we will be happy to help if you need assistance on this particular. Contact our tech team for further guidance.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE:
- First, you need to open the Thinfinity® Configuration Manager:
- Then, click on the ‘Access Profiles’ tab, and press ‘Add’. For this guide, we’ll be creating an ‘RDP’ connection:
- Configure the Access Profile with a ‘Name’, then on ‘Computer’ enter the IP Address or domain name of the server, and on ‘Credentials’ enter the Windows credentials to authenticate to said server:
- For testing purposes, check the ‘Allow anonymous access’ option:
- Under the ‘Program’ tab, choose the ‘Execute as RemoteApp’ option.
Then, point both the ‘Program path and the filename’ and ‘Start in the following folder’ fields to the executable’s directory and its root folder, respectively.
You can also pass arguments to your application in the “Arguments” field:
- For testing purposes, mark the check-box for ‘Allow anonymous access’ under the ‘Authentication’ tab:
- Press ‘Apply’:
- You can open the published application by going to http://127.0.0.1:Port and clicking on the newly created Profile:
- If you start multiple RemoteApps, you’ll find a dock menu at the bottom of the browser screen, this allows you to toggle between different applications of the same connection.
You can also resize the App’s windows and be able to see more than one at the same time.
You can also pin this menu to be always on top or unpin it to automatically hide it.
If you get an access denied error, you would need to enable a group policy to allow unlisted programs to be started. To this end, open the ‘Group Policy Editor’ by going to ‘Start > Run > gpedit.msc’:
- On the ‘Group Policy Editor’ navigate to:
‘Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections > Allow users to connect remotely by using Remote Desktop Services’
- Double click on this policy and then click on the check-box next to ‘Enabled’:
- Afterwards, you’ll have to update the group policies. In order to do this, call ‘gpupdate /force’ from a ‘Command Prompt’ window elevated as an Administrator:
- If you want to give your users quick access to your applications, you can create a desktop shortcut to the URL of VirtualUI with the Virtual Path of the application. Here’s an example:
- To ensure these changes are applied, you can go to ‘Start > Run > services.msc’ and restart the ‘Thinfinity Service Manager’:
- You can check our live demo and experience this feature yourself. You will be able to test this feature with the following Profiles:
As you already know, Thinfinity VirtualUI is a web-enabling SDK to run apps on a browser without rewriting the code. On the other hand, Thinfinity Remote Desktop is a remote access, desktop delivery and app publishing solution.
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