VMware App Volumes 2.xx – Prepare

Updated: December 15th 2020

Welcome to my VMware App Volumes series. In this session I will describe how I did the preparations-phase before installing App Volumes. After finishing my planning, I can now begin the preparations for my design.

My preparations will consist of the following tasks

  • Task 1: Deploy new virtual machine, give computername and ip, join to domain, put computer account in correct OU
  • Task 2: Download installation media
  • Task 3: Create LDAP User and AppVol-admins group in MS Active Directory
  • Task 4: Create Appvol user in VMware vSphere
  • Task 5: Create AppvolDB and MS SQL-Login for appvol
  • Task 6: Add vCenter root CA Certificate to Windows Server

Task 1:

I won’ go into deployment of the virtual machine etc, as this is rudimentary and I assume my audience is familiar and proficient with this task already.

Task 2:

Prior to installation I will need to download installation media from My VMware. As VMware still recommend us to download App Volumes 2.xx, I will download this.

Task 3:

I create an LDAP-user for App Volumes in MS Active Directory. I give my new user a fairly descriptive and appropriate name and password etc.

Next, I will create a user group in AD for my App Volumes Admins, which in my LAB is the members of Domain Admins.

Task 4:

I can now proceed with task 4 and create my Appvol user in VMware vSphere. I log into vCenter, under Administration, I click Users and Groups

I click ADD USER and create my user, appvol-connect

After my vSphere.local user is created, I will add this user to the Administrators-group in vSphere.local. Under the Groups-tab, I select Administrators

I click ADD MEMBERS

I search and add my newly created user, appvol-connect

Task 5:

Now that I’m done with creating my necessary users and groups, I will proceed and setup a DB for App Volumes. For this database I will be using my existing MS SQL Database server.

Right-click Databases – New Database

I give the database a name, in this case it will be the App Volumes database, so I’ll call it AppvolDB

Next, I’ll setup sql-permissions for the App Volumes database, right-click Logins – New Login…

I create a new sql-login: appvol and make sure to uncheck “Enforce password policy”

The Server Role “Public” will be sufficient for my appvol-user

I map my user to the newly created AppvolDB-database and give the user db_owner membership for this database.

I finally make sure to grant permission to connect and login to database is selected.

Task 6:

In order to add my vCenter to App Volumes, without error, I will need to import the vCenter root CA certificate. This is explained in my post here: VMware vCenter – Download trusted root CA certificates

This concludes my necessary preparations prior to installing VMware App Volumes, which I will cover here: VMware App Volumes – Install

VMware App Volumes Product Page

VMware App Volumes planning, deployment etc.

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.