JMP: Installing and Configuring – Part five

In this final part of the JMP series I'm creating a JMP assignment. JMP assignments are, in my opinion, a great way to set up default configurations for your VDI or RDSH environment. With a few clicks you combine an Instant Clone pool with a set of applications and user environment settings for a complete department or even your whole company.  In this example I'm going to create baseline for my VDI environment, Which exists out of a Windows 10 Instant Clone pool, an AppStack with applications and a set of default user…continue reading →

JMP: Installing and Configuring – Part four

With the JMP infrastructure all set, the time has come to configure JMP in the Management Console. Because JMP is made to manage all components within one interface, the settings and assignment pages are integrated in the Horizon View Management Console.   Start a browser session to the Horizon View Management Console. Select the JMP settings button and click Add JMP Server. Enter the https adress of the JMP server and click Save. When all signs are green, the JMP server is validated! Click Horizon, enter the required fields and click Save. Click Active Directory, enter the…continue reading →

JMP: Installing and Configuring – Part three

Part three: Configuring JMP After completing the JMP setup, we now need to set up time synchronization between the JMP server and Horizon View connection servers, configure SSL for the JMP server and export the SSL certificates from App Volumes, Horizon View and Active Directory for the JMP server to establish secure connections between all components. Time Synchronization Time synchronization needs to be configured on the JMP server and all of the Horizon View Connection servers in your environment. I'm assuming you already have time synchronization set up on your ESXi hosts, if…continue reading →

JMP: Installing and Configuring – Part two

Part two: Installing JMP In the previous part we've set up the database requirements for the JMP installation. The installation of JMP is, in my opinion, really easy and straight forward.  Launch the setup and click Next.  Accept the license agreement and click Next.  No, I don't want to allow HTTP traffic. Enter the name of the SQL server and JMP database. Because I configured my environment with my own SSL certificates, I selected Enable SSL connection. Click Next to continue. Click Install to start the installation. Click Finish to complete the installation. The JMP server has successfully…continue reading →

JMP: Installing and Configuring – Part One

When you talk about VMware Horizon (Instant Clones), App Volumes and User Environment Manager, you're talking about JMP. JMP (pronounced jump) stands for Just-in-Time Management Platform and represents the capabilities of a VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise environment that delivers Just-in-Time Desktops and Apps in a flexible, fast, and personalized manner. With JMP assignments integrated in the Horizon Management Console, I see some cool use-cases to manage instant clone pools, applications and settings all in one. So, I've installed the 3 horizon products in my lab and I'm taking the next step and install…continue reading →

(re)Use your SCCM packages to “automate” AppStacks

In my previous blog I described how you can group your applications and divide them into different kinds of AppStacks. When you use these AppStacks, some of them can become fairly large because of the amount of applications that are used at a department. It's also possible that two or more departments use the same application, so you may need to install that application in multiple AppStacks. When you do this manually, it's not only a repeating and time-consuming job. But you also run the risk of making errors during the installation, which can…continue reading →

App Volumes: Error in creating database.yml file

This week I ran into a problem when I was upgrading an App Volumes Manager from version 2.14 to 2.14.2. During the setup I got an error saying the creation of the "database.yml" file failed, but after clicking OK the setup of the manager continued and eventually completed "successfully". After launching the App Volumes manager I received the expected page in Internet Explorer saying the App Volumes Manager was unable to start because the login for the SQL account (SA) failed.   I ran the generate_db_config.cmd from the program files folder as admin…continue reading →

How you can group your applications for App Volumes

Because it's best practice to not have more than 10 AppStacks attached per target system, you need to group your applications. At the customer* where I'm working we grouped the applications by using a "Funnel" and dividing them into 3 different kinds of AppStacks, as you can see in the picture below. *We use Horizon View 7.5, Instant Clones with Windows 10, App Volumes 2.14.2 and VMware User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.4. The first one we use is a "All-users AppStack". This AppStack contains general used applications and this AppStack is attached during computer startup. Which…continue reading →

Create a custom writeable volume for specifically the Outlook OST and Search Indexes

In my previous post I covered how VMware UEM can redirect the OST file and Search Indexes to a User Installed Application (UIA) writable volume. Because it's still a UIA writable volume, any user with administrative rights can (ab)use these rights and install any application onto his/her own writable volume or the writable volume of another user for when they for example try to solve an incident in a quick and dirty way. In my case I've seen this (ab)use of the administrative rights a bit too much, so I came up with…continue reading →

Create and size a new AppStack template

Wether your working in a small or large environment, storage space is something that you have to take into account. The standard size of templates for AppStacks and Writable Volumes are 20 and 10GB. When the applications you want to deliver to the desktops don't require more than 2 or 5GB, why use a template with the size of 20GB? In this blog I will guide you in how to create a new AppStack template and change it to the size you need for your environment. Before we go into depth, make sure…continue reading →