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Publish any Windows application to the web

Microsoft RemoteApp is a feature of Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services that allows individual programs to be run remotely using a Microsoft Remote Desktop Client. Instead of accessing the entire remote desktop, Microsoft RemoteApp allows users to see and interact with just the application as if they were running on the end-user’s device.

Combining Microsoft RemoteApp with Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server you can publish any Windows Application on the web and access it from any device using an HTML5 browser

You can configure Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server to publish any Windows application throughout the web in less than 5 minutes and in this tutorial, we are going to teach you how to do it.

You don’t need to have any programming skills or make any modification to the Windows application source code to accomplish it.

NOTE: Remember that Microsoft RemoteApp is only available for Windows Server with Remote Desktop Services installed, so we recommend to check your environment before you start following this tutorial.

Let’s gets started:

1) First, open the Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server Manager.

First, open the Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server Manager.
2) Under the “Security” tab, press the “Access Profiles” button.

Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server

3) Click on the newly added “Access Profiles” tab, and press “Add”.

Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server

4) Configure the Access Profile with a name, the IP Address of the server, and the Windows credentials you want to use to authenticate to that server.

Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server

5) For testing purposes, check “Allow anonymous access”.

Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server
6) Under the “Program” tab, choose “Execute as RemoteApp”. Then specify the program path and the filename you want to publish. If you need to pass arguments to your application, you can specify those in the “Arguments” field:

Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server

7) Press “OK” and then “Apply”.

Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server

8) For testing purposes also, check “Allow anonymous access“ under the Authentication tab.

Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server

9) You can check the application published by going to http://localhost:[ThinfinityPort] ( by default is: 8443 ), and clicking on the Access Profile you just created.

Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server

10 ) If you want to give your users a quick access to your applications, you can create a desktop shortcut to the URL of Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server with the virtual path of the application, here’s an example:

How to create a shortcut to a remote app

You can check our live demo and experience this feature yourself. You will be able to try simple 3 applications published as remote apps:

  • Notepad
  • Paint
  • Wordpad

Publish any program as a RemoteApp

If you have any questions regarding this blog entry, you can leave a comment below or contact us.


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Comments (2)

Marianna, I have a Visual FoxPro app that is running on a cloud server. My users access my app using a RemoteApp icon on their windows desktop. I pay a cloud server hosting company $35.00 per user (that accesses my app) per month to host my app. The hosting company helped me get all this working and helps a lot when I work thru issues like allowing vendors to write files to a shared folder on the cloud server, allowing my app to access vendors FTP sites, allowing my app to access external (meaning not part of my app) vendor’s databases either at my customer’s site or elsewhere on the web (we use VPN tunnels or add my cloud server to the customer’s network’s Active Directory). If I understand correctly, if my app were accessed via a web browser rather than via RemoteApp, my per user costs would be drastically reduced. Is this something you can help me to understand and implement and if so at what costs?

Dear John,

Thanks for sharing your inquiry.

We provide free assistance and full support at no extra cost to any user who evaluates Thinfinity VirtualUI.
please send us an email to support@cybelesoft.com with your contact information so we can schedule a demo session to explain to you how our VirtualUI can simplify your structure and reduce your virtualization costs.

Have a great day!

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