With VMware Identity Manager, you can centrally distribute and manage ThinApp packages. ThinApp packages are virtualized Windows applications, and are used on Windows systems. Entitled users who have the VMware Identity Manager Desktop application installed on their Windows systems can launch and use their entitled ThinApp packages on those Windows systems.

In the ThinApp capture and build processes, you create a virtual application from a Windows application. That virtualized Windows application can run on a Windows system without that system having the original Windows application installed. The ThinApp package is the set of virtual application files generated by running the ThinApp capture and build processes on a Windows application. The package includes the primary data container file and entry point files to access the Windows application.

Not every ThinApp package is compatible with VMware Identity Manager. When you capture a Windows application, the default settings in the ThinApp capture-and-build process create a package that VMware Identity Manager cannot distribute and manage. You create a ThinApp package that VMware Identity Manager can distribute and manage by setting the appropriate parameters during the capture and build processes. See the VMware ThinApp documentation for detailed information on ThinApp features and the appropriate parameters to use to create a package compatible with VMware Identity Manager.

After you integrate VMware Identity Manager with your ThinApp repository, you can see in your catalog those ThinApp packages from the repository that VMware Identity Manager can distribute and manage. After you see the ThinApp packages in your VMware Identity Manager catalog, you can entitle users and groups to those ThinApp packages, and optionally configure license tracking information for each package.