ThinPoint Service Provisioning Manager

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Using ThinPoint Service Provisioning Manager you can configure ThinPoint published applications, manage connected users and create clients to connect to the host.

Here is a quick guide explaining how this works.

1. The easiest method for an administrator to publish a Windows applications or folders is to use the mouse right-click context menu.

To do so right-click on a selected application or folder. You will see a menu item called: 'Publish Remotely via NetLeverage ThinPoint'. Click it and you will be prompted with ThinPoint 'Application Provisioning Engine' program window.

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To complete the process just follow the instructions provided later in this section.

2. To Manage ThinPoint Published Applications, use ThinPoint Control Panel.

Log in to the ThinPoint host as an administrator, go to the Windows Control Panel.

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3. Double-click on the ThinPoint Control Panel icon. ThinPoint Service Provisioning Manager appears, as displayed below. The icons displayed in the Panel are from a sample system.

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4. Right-click on the white area of the provisioning manager to bring up a context menu with the 'Publish New Application', 'Refresh Application List' and 'Close Provisioning Manager' action items, as shown below.

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5. Click 'Publish New Application' to open the 'Application Provisioning Engine' window. Enter information about the application to be published, such as the name of the application, the path to the executable file, the startup folder, and the users and groups for which this application is published.

Using this program you can publish Windows desktops, applications, folders or drives (Remote Service) to be accessible by the ThinPoint session.

Important:

If a user or group has only one Remote Service published for it, then that Remote Service becomes the default application for that user or group session.  This means upon connecting to the ThinPoint session, only the Published Remote Service will be displayed. When the default Remote Service is closed, the ThinPoint session will be also closed immediately.
To enable Seamless Windowing and PrintPoint features, the Remote Services need to be published in 'Run Seamless' mode. See the  feature description further in this section.

 

6. Use the '3-Click Publishing' feature to easily provision the desired Remote Service:

Select the Remote Service type to be published; Windows Application, Folder or Drive,
Depending on the Remote Service type, click on 'Select Application…' or 'Select Folder…' button to choose the Windows Application path, Folder or Drive.
By default everyone who is allowed to log in to the ThinPoint host will be given access to this Remote Service. In order to restrict access to certain groups or users, click on Select Users button.

For more control over the application configuration, complete the other fields under the 'Advanced Configurations' control group.      

To publish full Windows Desktop, select 'Desktop' in Application Name field. The Application Provisioning Engine will complete all the required fields automatically.

7. An example using the Microsoft Word application is provided below to explain the application publishing process in detail.

As you can see there is a '3-Click Publishing' section at the top of the screen that implies three actions:

select type of the object to publish - Application, Folder or Desktop,
select the executable file,
select users who this application will be available to.

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In this example we would like to publish Microsoft Word for a number of users. So we select 'Application'. Click the Select Application button to find and select the executable file.

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When the file selection dialog comes up, navigate to the application folder and select the executable file to run. In this case it is WINWORD.EXE located in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12.

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Once the executable file is selected, the Application Wizard will automatically select the appropriate icon, starting execution folder and name for the application. Some values can be changed if required. For example, the name can be changed as desired.

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8. When you click Users button, the 'Select Users or Groups' dialog box appears, as shown below.

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9. Here you can select to search among Users, Groups, and Built-in security principals, or limit the search to a combination of the three types, by clicking the Object Types button. Multiple locations can be added to the search, including the Microsoft Active Directory, by clicking the Locations button. You can also click on Advanced to get an advanced search view as shown below. Find Now button can be used in advanced search to manually select individual users and groups from the search results.

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10. In advanced search view, select the users and groups you want to grant access to the application to by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking their names. When done, click OK to exit advanced search view.

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11. Click OK again to close the Application Wizard. The WINWORD appears in the Service Provisioning Manager where it can be edited if required.

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12. The Arguments field specifies the command line arguments to be passed to the application's executable file at run time. In the example shown below, we use 'www.netleverage.com.au', so each time an instance of Internet Explorer is started, it opens our company website.

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13. The Associations field can be used to associate document types located on the remote devices with ThinPoint published applications.

An association is specified by typing its file extension, without a point. For instance, in this example, typing 'html' (without quotes) into the 'Associations' field would result in all files with an '.html' extension on the remote device being redirected to the ThinPoint Host and being opened with Internet Explorer running on the ThinPoint Host, while being displayed on the remote device's desktop.

A more practical example would be to publish a presentation application, like Microsoft PowerPoint from a ThinPoint Host. A 'ppt' association could be specified in the 'Associations' field of this application. This would enable all remote devices to work with '.ppt' Microsoft PowerPoint files without having to install Microsoft PowerPoint or compatible software.

File types already associated with an application installed on the remote device will not be redirected to the ThinPoint Host.
For this feature to function, the remote device will need to connect using the ThinPoint Client.
Multiple file extensions can be specified in the 'Associations' field by separating them with a comma. Do not include any spaces.

14. Select 'Run Seamless' to run the application in Seamless Windowed mode on the remote device desktop. In Seamless Windowed mode, the application looks and feels as if it is running on the remote device's desktop rather than running remotely from the ThinPoint Host.

For Seamless Windowing to function, the remote device will need to connect using the ThinPoint Direct IP or Universal clients.
PrintPoint only functions from applications which are published as 'Run Seamless'.

15. Using the 'Resource Limit' slider, you can specify the CPU resource utilization for the processes launched by the published application. If the Resource Limit is 0% then the program will run with no resource limits. If for example the Resource Limit is set to 20% then the maximum system resource usage for that process is limited to 20% per user per session.