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A launcher is a method of encapsulating all of the resources a desktop ‘fat client’ needs to operate.

Imagine a desktop ERP system. It needs a Share mounted in a specific location. It needs a TCP forwarded for a database. The desire is the end user can click a single icon and launch it, optionally being challenged for multi-factor authentication.

To use, first configure the individual resources (e.g. a Share, a TCP Forwarder, etc.). Give them unique names. Now, add a Launcher. The end user will see this appear as an Icon on their start menu. When launched, the application given will open, and the resources are guaranteed to be present. The user may first see a browser open to challenge their identity if it is not known.

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