VMware App Volumes provides a system to deliver applications to desktops through virtual disks. Applications are bundled in AppStacks and delivered by attaching a standard VMDK file to a virtual machine. Applications delivered by using App Volumes look and feel natively installed and you can update or replace the applications in real-time. You can centrally manage the applications with the App Volumes Manager and there is no need to modify the desktops or individual applications. In this guide I will show you how to install and configure the App Volumes Manager.
Ensure that your system meets the following software and hardware requirements before you install App Volumes
– 4 vCPU required
– 4 GB RAM
– 1 GB disk space
– It can be installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter) or Windows Server 2012 R2 (Standard and Datacenter). It also requires .NET 3.5 framework.
– The App Volumes database requires Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 or Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 (Any version, including Express).
– It’s preferred to use VMware VSphere as hypervisor. You can use VMware ESXi 5.5.x, 6.x and vCenter Server (ESXi and vCenter Server must be the same version)
Installation App Volumes Manager
You can download the .ISO from the VMware website, click link
Depending on your environment you can choose to install SQL Server Express or connect to an existing SQL Server. I my case I have an SQL server running, so I chose to connect to an existing SQL Server Database.
Configure App Volumes Manager
Use App Volumes Manager on one of the following supported browsers:
- Internet Explorer 9 or later
- Mozilla Firefox 28 or later
- Safari 5.1 or later
- Google Chrome 21 or later
When you login for the first time you will be prompted to do the initial configurations. Click Get Started.
On the license screen you can use the evaluation license which has some limitations but it is enough for a lab environment. I have a license, so I click edit to add the license. Otherwise click next and skip the next step.
Once the license is added, you are redirected to the license tab and the details of the added license. Click next to continue.
To connect the App Volumes Manager to the Active Directory you only need to fill the following fields: Active Directory Domain Name, Username and Password. Once you have filled the needed fields, click create.
Administrators who need access to the App Volumes Manager need to be a member of a security group. First you need to type some search criteria, after that you are able to select the security group from the results. Click create to add the security group to the App Volumes Manager.
In the Machine Manager tab you can select between vCenter Server, ESX (single host) or In-Guest Services. I’m using a vCenter server, so I’ve supplied the Host name, Username and Password. Click save to connect the vCenter server to the App Volumes Manager.
Now you should have a fully functional VMware App Volumes deployment and you are able to dive into the world of AppStacks! Start here to learn more about AppStacks.