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
I give the new AppStack a name and description. The default path will work just fine.
Confirm Create AppStack, Create
Next I will provision my new AppStack to the W10APPVCAPTURE host.
I verify the status as available, Provision
I Confirm Start Provisioning
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.
I next install my two applications, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The installation-language is Norwegian, I will translate at points.
I choose Custom installation
Default installation-path is OK, Next
I deselect Maintenance service, Next
Create shortcuts on desktop and start menu, Next
In summary, Install
Finally I choose to start Firefox, Complete
I will next launch the Chrome-installer
I open Chrome to verify functionality
Finally, I disable the Google Update service
When the applications are installed, I click OK in the info-prompt
I confirm Yes to finish and reboot the computer
After reboot I click OK to the info-prompt and revert my vm back to most recent snapshot.
Now that my new AppStack is provisioned, I can assign it to users
I search the domain for my test user, Assign
I confirm Assign with “Attach AppStacks on next login or reboot”
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”
I can also verify in vSphere that the vm has the AppStack connected
Finally, I launch the applications to see that they start as expected
If I click Unassign in App Volumes Manager, I can verify that the AppStack is removed from the vm immediately.
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.
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.