Converting VMware Horizon Application Manager OVA’s for Use in VMware Fusion

Both the Horizon Connector Virtual Appliance and the Horizon Service Virtual Appliance come packaged as OVA’s. Of which you know will not work natively within VMware Fusion. (Come on VMware… fix this!)

So first, you must convert the OVA’s to VMX files, to do this; you need VMware’s OVFTOOL

Once installed, its just a couple of commands to get everything ready to be imported into Fusion!

For the Horizon Connector Virtual Appliance I used the following syntax:

./ovftool -tt=VMX /users/ericsarakaitis/Downloads/connector- /users/ericsarakaitis/downloads/connector.vmx

For the Horizon Service Virtual Appliance, I used the following syntax:

/ovftool -tt=VMX /users/ericsarakaitis/Downloads/service-va- /users/ericsarakaitis/downloads/service-va.vmx

Once completed, I was able to import the OVA files successfully into Fusion!

Notes from ThinApp’ing the DropBox Client on Windows 7

So, when ThinApp’ing the DropBox client on Windows 7, I was able to come up with a couple tips.

First, get dropbox downloaded on your ThinApp workstation. I have a snapshot of a VM that’s already run the pre-scan, so that I always have a fresh starting point when doing any ThinApp packaging.

How to ThinApp DropBox Step 1
How to ThinApp DropBox Step 1

We’re then going to call the Dropbox Installer using the /S switch, for a silent install!

How to ThinApp DropBox Step 2
How to ThinApp DropBox Step 2

The install will then run in the background and you will get prompted with the following screen.

How to ThinApp DropBox Step 3
How to ThinApp DropBox Step 3

Here is the key, if you enter any information here, it will be stored in your ThinApp package. So the trick is to just exit the screen with the X box in the top right corner.

How to ThinApp DropBox Step 4
How to ThinApp DropBox Step 4

Then make sure there are no DropBox processes running before running the post-install scan!

Then following your traditional ThinApp steps to complete the build!

How to ThinApp Microsoft Office 2010

So, open ThinApp install scan.. take your pre-scan, and get office installed.

During the install, make sure you select everything to run from computer, so that every component gets installed. Continue reading “How to ThinApp Microsoft Office 2010”