Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My personal experience with HP ThinShell for Kiosk Mode

Because my mainly focus is on endpoints, I'm doing a lot with fat, thin and virtual clients and mobile devices. This time I want to mention HP thin clients, which have some nice software onboard by default. There is Cloud Connection Manager, ThinShell and Universal Write Filter (UWF) for example. ThinShell is a client automation tool that enables Kiosk Mode (shell replacement) functionality for standard users (non-administrators).

Features of HP ThinShell include the following:
-You can choose to customize and use the built-in ThinShell interface or specify an entirely different shell program.
-Using your administrator credentials, you can customize the ThinShell interface and settings from within a standard user account.
-ThinShell can be used in conjunction with Cloud Connection Manager to simplify Kiosk Mode deployments for multiple standard users.


Download can be done here (64-bit or 32-bit)
Installation is very easy, and on HP thin clients it's already there.

User interface, choose buttons

Applications for shell replacement

Control Panel items available

Default website to show

Default behavior when process stops

After reboot you will see changes immediately! It's like ThinKiosk but then integrated by default. Very nice to see some progress here.

When using ThinShell you can setup thin clients very easy. Just use HP Device Manager (or ConfigMgr) for capturing, deploying and managing thin clients afterwards.

13 comments:

  1. Nice. I'm updating our T610s. HP Hotkey filter works now so we can FINALLY block CTRL+ALT+DEL. ThinShell v1 was very buggy. I'll try this instead of hacking the shell http://www.alexmags.com/infra/2014/12/30/vmware-view-client-as-desktop-shell/
    I also like ThinKiosk

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    1. I like ThinKiosk as well, but ThinShell is not that bad even. Thanks for mentioning.

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  2. Any app you launch from thinshell is forced to be maximised. This makes View Client 5.4.0 look weird. Workaround launch wscript.exe to launch a wrapper to launch the app normal size.
    The HP branding from v1 is gone. You can kind of brand it by setting default site to an intranet set that shows a wallpaper. Like this

    html
    head
    style
    html {
    width:100%;
    height:100%;
    background:#000 url(logo.png) center center no-repeat;
    }
    style
    head
    body
    body
    html

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  3. Thank you for the post; I'm working on a custom image for the HP T620 thin clients and Thin Shell will be useful I think.

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  4. I can users allow to download, but the cant open the folder.
    I would like to allow them to download, and execute the downloaded files, just to install them to 1 specific directory, so they can update 1 specific program (its decentral and different for every user what they would like to use in that program)
    Do you have an idea how? (im dutch)

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  5. I can users allow to download, but the cant open the folder.
    I would like to allow them to download, and execute the downloaded files, just to install them to 1 specific directory, so they can update 1 specific program (its decentral and different for every user what they would like to use in that program)
    Do you have an idea how? (im dutch)

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  6. I downloaded the latest version and can't find the end of session options. I was looking to restart auto-started application option for the Web browser. Any ideas?

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  7. I used the kioskmode with autoshutdown. Now I can't access the Administrator account anymore. Any idea how to fix this?

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    1. Just start with the SHIFT button (better late then never)

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  8. Hello, how i can disable ctrl+alt+del on my thin cliente and passe it to my citrix session? Regards

    Nuno Nunes

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    1. Guess you need to configure Citrix policy for that.

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