VMware App Volumes – Capture AppStack

Welcome to my VMware App Volumes series. In this session I will create an AppStack with two applications in it. Although this is quite arbitrary, it is a nice start to using App Volumes to distribute applications. Before I can start capturing a new AppStack, I power up the W10APPVCAPTURE-vm I created in my previous session.

I first log into App Volumes Manager

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Next, I go to Volumes and 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 I created in my previous session

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I type in my W10APPVCAPTURE computername and click Search

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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, Putty and Notepad ++

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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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Back in App Volumes Manager I click Complete to finish provisioning

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I confirm Complete Provisioning

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

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I search my domain for the user group I created for this AppStack: Appvol_AppStack01, Assign

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

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I verify my assignment of AppStack01

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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.

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

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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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