It is my pleasure to introduce you to vWorkspace ThinShell. ThinShell is a shell replacement for Windows PCs and thin clients. Shell replacement allows organizations to transform their existing PCs into thin-behaving clients. ThinShell can also be used to simplify a thin client deployment. ThinShell accomplishes this by replacing the windows shell (explorer.exe) with its own much slimmer shell interface. Users power on their access device, are prompted for credentials and are then presented with their virtual workspace. This prevents user confusion and simplifies a virtual desktop/RDSH deployment. ThinShell can be configured to act as an RDP connector or to leverage the user interface of the vWorkspace Connector for Windows

ThinShell is a great compliment to Dell Wyse vWorkspace and has been deployed by many of our customers.

 Below is a list of select features that contribute to ThinShell's appeal:


  • Local Applications Shortcut - A Local Applications setting is now available. It allows you to add a shortcut icon to the ThinShell interface, which can be used to launch a file, folder or URL.
  • Clear User Name Setting - A Clear User Name setting is now available. When enabled, this parameter clears the user name from the authentication dialog box after the user disconnects or logs off a virtual desktop.


  • Anonymous Login - Anonymous Login has been added to ThinShell Native Mode Settings. You can enable this feature if you want to allow users to connect to a farm without entering credentials. When Anonymous Login is enabled, a target named Anonymous is automatically created. Users logging in anonymously will have access to the managed applications and the resources assigned to this target.
  • New User Interface- We have added a sleek, new interface to ThinShell making it easier to use and more configurable. In addition to the new look, the new interface allows administrators to control which options the end users can see and use.
  • Support for Windows 7 and WES -ThinShell has added support for Windows 7 and Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • Password Manager support- ThinShell users can now change their domain password using the ThinShell interface.
  • Command Line Configuration- The location of the ThinShell Settings XML file can now be set at runtime using command line switches.
  • New look and feel
  • Legal Notice- ThinShell now can prompt the end user with a notification before a connection is made to the virtual workspace.

 Before implementing ThinShell, we recommend that you first read the release notes and the associated documentation that can be found on our support pages or on our free trial software page.


Kelly Craig

Product Manager