In one of the earlier post, I covered the process of capturing applications using VMware APP Volumes – APP Capture. In this post we will be covering the process of deploying VMware APP Volumes 3.0 and the steps to configure VMware APP Volume 3.0 post deployment. VMware App Volumes 3.0 is an integrated and unified application delivery and end-user management system for Horizon and virtual environments. Using the App Volumes console, admins can now deploy applications in real time. Admins can monitor the usage and assignment of applications assigned to the users. App Volumes bundles applications and data into specialized virtual containers called AppStacks, which are attached to each Windows user session at login or reboot. App Volumes also provides writable volumes, which are containers for persistent user profiles, settings, and user-installed applications..

Requirements for the App Volumes 3.0 virtual appliance:

  • vSphere® 6.0U1 and above
  • 4 vCPUs
  • minimum of 80 GB disk space
  • minimum of 4 GB memory

Deployment process of App Volumes 3.0 virtual appliance is pretty simple and can be deployed using vSphere Web Client.

Post deployment you are required to perform post deployment configurations before assigning captured applications to the end users. In my lab I have following components already configured before proceeding for post deployment configuration.

  • Active Directory – Installed on 192.168.109.190
  • vCenter Server – Installed on 192.168.109.200
  • vROPS Server – Installed on 192.168.109.198
  • Network Shared location hosting captured applications – Available on \\192.168.109.225\appvhds

Once you have all the required components configured, you can proceed for post deployment configuration of APP Volumes. Connect to APP Volumes appliance using Web Browser opening below URL

https://<ip-address-of-app-volume-appliance>/horizonadmin

In my lab I configured IP address of App Volume appliance is 192.168.109.199. Click on Configure next to Active Directory to integrate App Volumes with Active Directory.

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Provide the required information and click on Domain Bind.

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Search for the Active Directory group. Members of the group will be having Super Administrator role assigned. You can have only one group configured with Super Administrator role. Click on Save.

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Once integrated, you will be automatically redirected to login screen. You should login using only the username without @domain_name. You may face issue while configuring Windows Shared location if you use username@domain_name to login.  

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Once logged in, next step is to configure vROPS Server. Click on Configure next to vROPS.

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Provide the vROPS Server details and the credentials having sufficient access rights on vROPS Server.vROps is only available with App Volumes Enterprise. Installing or using vROps is optional.

By default vROPS & vCenter servers are configured with the default self singed certificate. APP Volume will be validating the configured certificates on vROPS & vCenter server. You can either disable the SSL Certificate validation on APP Volume appliance. In case you want to keep the SSL certificate validation, you are required to perform additional step documented in APP Volume documentation.

SSL Certificate Validation

As I am running this step in LAB, I have disabled SSL Certificate Validation running following script available on APP Volume appliance on following location.

/etc/wemi/utils/disable_ssl_validation.sh.

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Once we have Active Directory & vROPS configured, next step is to configure vCenter server location.You are required to configure at least one vCenter. vCenters allow you to manage multiple ESX hosts. If you have multiple ESX host managed using vCenter, it’s important that all of the hosts should have common password; otherwise, you may find that AppStacks may not be available.

Click on New, next to vCenter Location.

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Provide the vCenter details and the account having sufficient rights.

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Click on Save.

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Next is required to configure the file share. Click on New next to File Share Location.

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Provide the name of the share, location of shared folder and the destination vCenter. Click on Save.

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Once you configure the File share location, App Capture will be marked a complete. Click on New to assign application to end user.

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Give appropriate name as Assignment name. Click Next.

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Choose the applications to be assigned. 15

Select the Active Directory user / group.

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Click Submit

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To make the applications accessible to the users, you should have client installed on the RDS server or Virtual Desktop. If you don’t have VMware Horizon installed in environment, choose custom setup during APP Volume client installation and don’t install vRealize Operations for Horizon component during installation.

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Provide the App volume manager host name or IP Address.

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Once all the configuration is in place, assigned applications will be accessible to users. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for Reading!!!. Be Social and share it in social media, if you feel worth sharing it.

Comments

  1. CJ Österberg says:

    Thanks for your blog post!

    I have a hard time adding a file share. What permissions is needed on the file share and what user is used to access the file share? I can’t find any documentation on this subjuect anywhere.

    I hope you can help out! 🙂

    BR

    CJ

    1. Prashant Rangi says:

      As APP Volumes work with Active Directory. You need to assign appropriate read / write access for Active directory users on the file share. Hope this answer’s your query.

      1. CJ Österberg says:

        But if I do not want all domain users to read out the entire share. What user account is used to read the share?

  2. Ahmed Razzak Khatri says:

    i am unable to find where to download the App Volumes 3.0.. on the trial there is 2.1 can you please guide me.

    1. Prashant Rangi says:

      You can download App Volumes 3.0 from my.vmware.com from Product download page. It is listed in their.

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