VMware App Volumes 2.xx – Capture Internet Browser AppStack

Welcome to my VMware App Volumes series. In this session I will create an AppStack with two applications in it, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Before I can start capturing a new AppStack, I power up the W10APPVCAPTURE-vm.

I first log into App Volumes Manager and go to Volumes, click “Create” in AppStacks

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I give the new AppStack a name and description. The default path will work just fine.

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Confirm Create AppStack, Create

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Next I will provision my new AppStack to the W10APPVCAPTURE host.

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I verify the status as available, Provision

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I Confirm Start Provisioning

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Now I head over to my W10APPVCAPTURE host and open VMware Remote Console. As we can see from the info-prompt, we are now in provisioning mode.

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I next install my two applications, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The installation-language is Norwegian, I will translate at points.

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I choose Custom installation

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Default installation-path is OK, Next

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I deselect Maintenance service, Next

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Create shortcuts on desktop and start menu, Next

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In summary, Install

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Finally I choose to start Firefox, Complete

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I will next launch the Chrome-installer

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I open Chrome to verify functionality

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Finally, I disable the Google Update service

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When the applications are installed, I click OK in the info-prompt

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I confirm Yes to finish and reboot the computer

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After reboot I click OK to the info-prompt and revert my vm back to most recent snapshot.

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Now that my new AppStack is provisioned, I can assign it to users

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I search the domain for my test user, Assign

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I confirm Assign with “Attach AppStacks on next login or reboot”

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If I login into one of my desktop pools with a test-user, I now see that the new AppStack is attached and the applications available. I verify my computer-account: “w10-1809-ic-01”

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I can also verify in vSphere that the vm has the AppStack connected

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Finally, I launch the applications to see that they start as expected

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If I click Unassign in App Volumes Manager, I can verify that the AppStack is removed from the vm immediately.

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I can now head over to User Environment Manager and make sure that the settings for these two applications are stored in the user’s profile.

 

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Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.