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ThinManager can control access to applications with the AppLink feature of Remote Desktop Services Display Clients. This deploys a single application per session without a desktop, start button, or icons that would let the user launch undesired programs. AppLink is configured by default to keep the application running; if they close it, the application will re-open.
AppLink is configured in the Display Client Wizard.
- Create a new Display Client by right clicking on the Remote Desktop Services branch of Display Clients in the ThinManager tree and selecting Add Display Client.
- Open an existing Remote Desktop Services Display Client by double clicking on it in the ThinManager tree.
Navigate through the wizard to the Connection Options page within the Display Client Wizard.
Display Client Wizard – Remote Desktop Services Display Client Options
Display Client Wizard – AppLink
Enter the path to the program you want to run in the Program Path and Filename field. This may require the use of quotation marks if there are spaces in the path name.
The Command Line Options field provides a space for command line options and switches. This field may not be required.
The Start in the following folder field is provided in case you need to specify the working directory for the program when using a relative path for the initial program. This field may not be required.
The Browse button will launch a Browse window that will allow the Program Path and Filename field to be filled in by ThinManager instead of typing the path manually.
Note: The AppLink Display Client may contain a single Remote Desktop Server or may contain many Remote Desktop Servers. If a Remote Desktop Services Display Client contains several Remote Desktop Servers, the path must be valid on all servers. If different Remote Desktop Servers have different paths to the desired program, write a batch file to open the program.
Note: If the Display Client is to be run on multiple platforms (i.e.: a thin client *and* with WinTMC and/or with iTMC), then a batch file is recommended to launch the application if it has a complex path. For example, if the Program Path and Filename is:
"c:\Program Files (x86)\HMI\HMI.exe c:\HMI"
start "" "c:\Program Files (x86)\HMI\HMI.exe c:\HMI"
Then the AppLink Program Path and Filename would point to the newly created batch file.