Provisioning applications on physical system using VMware App Volumes

Introduction

In few of my earlier blogs on VMware App Volumes, I demonstrated how you can leverage VMware App Volumes to provision applications real time in a VMware virtualized environment.  But what if an organization is looking for a solution to provision applications on to a physical target machine or on a non-VMware virtualized environment. An organization can leverage VMware App Volumes to provision applications on to a physical target machine or on a non-VMware virtualized environment using in-Guest Operations mode. An organization can use in-Guest connection type to assign AppStacks and Writable Volumes to the virtual machines running on third-party unsupported hypervisors or to the physical computers. In an in-Guest operations mode, AppStacks and writable volumes are stored on a standard Common Internet File System (CIFS) file share in VHD file format and attached to the target computer using operating system functionality.

In this post, I will be covering the steps to configure an App Volume manager in in-Guest Operations mode post installing VMware App Volumes manager.

You can also refer to my previous blogs for

  1. VMware App Volume Manager Installation
  2. VMware App Volume Agent Installation 
  3. Creating App Stack using provisioning server

Demo

Procedure

  1. Login to VMware App Volume Manager

2. Integrate Active Directory

3. Choose in-Guest as Operations Mode under Machine Manager tab.

4. Add the CIFS Share & choose CIFS share as storage location for AppStacks or Writable Volumes under Storage Tab.

Post configuration you can create an AppStack and assign that to the user.

Conclusion

This concludes the configuration of VMware App Volumes Manager in a in-Guest Operation mode to provision applications on to physical target machines or on virtual machines running on a third-party unsupported hypervisor. Hope this will be informative for you. Thanks for Reading!!!. Be social and share if you find worth sharing it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step by Step – Provisioning Application to RDSH Host using VMware App Volumes

Introduction

In few of the previous blogs we covered

  1. Installation of VMware App Volumes Manager
  2. Installation of VMware App Volumes Agent
  3. Capturing Applications in AppStacks

In this blog, I will be demonstrating how you can assign AppStack to an RDSH host. You can assign AppStacks to Active Directory objects, such as users, computers, groups, and OUs. When assigning AppStacks to RDSH servers, only computer-based assignments are supported. You have to create a new AppStack using the same OS as the deployment RDSH server as you cannot use the AppStack you previously provisioned for a desktop OS.

Prerequisite

  1. Create an RDSH Farm with RDS Host part of it.
  2.  Create a new AppStack using the same OS as the deployment RDSH server.

Procedure

  1. Login to VMware App Volumes Manager
  2. Select the AppStack you want to provision to the RDS Host
  3. Assign the AppStack to the RDS Host Computer Account. VMware recommends assigning AppStacks to OUs, because it streamlines the assignment process for large RDSH farms.

Search for the RDS Host computer account.

Click on Assign.

You can create an application pool for the provisioned application using Horizon Admin Console or the user can access the provisioned applications by login into RDS Host.

Demonstration

Conclusion

This concludes the provisioning of Applications using VMware App Volumes on an RDS Host. Hope this will be informative for you. Thanks for Reading!!!. Be social and share if you find worth sharing it.

 

 

 

Step by Step – Provisioning Application realtime using VMware App Volumes

Introduction

In few of the previous blogs we covered

  1. Installation of VMware App Volumes Manager
  2. Installation of VMware App Volumes Agent
  3. Capturing Applications in AppStacks

In this blog, I will be demonstrating how you to provision applications captured in an App Stack to the user’s runtime. Post creation of AppStack, you can assign the applications to users, groups or computers. Once assigned, the AppStack, the application will deploy within seconds in real time or next login.

Steps

  1. Login to VMware App Volumes Manager Admin Console
  2. Select the AppStack you want to assign & Click on Assign
  3. Search for the Active Directory User or Group & Click on Assign
  4. Choose when you want applications to be available to the users
    1. Immediately
    2. On Next Login
  5.  Users will get access to applications immediately or on next Logon.

Demonstration

Conclusion

This concludes the demonstration of how you can assign applications to uses using VMware App Volumes. Hope this will be informative for you. Thanks for Reading!!!. Be social and share if you find worth sharing it.

Step by Step – Creating VMware App Volumes AppStack

Introduction to Creating VMware App Volumes AppStack

Now as we are done with the installation of App Volumes Manager & App Volumes Agent on the provisioning host, next step is to create AppStacks to provision applications on to Virtual Machines. AppStacks are read-only volumes containing applications or can be referred to application containers. You can assign an AppStack to AD user accounts, OU’s or to computer accounts to enable delivery of applications to end users.

You can combine your organization’s core applications into a single AppStack making the AppStack easy to assign to Active Directory users. You can make applications updates available either immediately or on next login or reboot. One assigned, AppStack virtual machine disks (VMDKs) are mounted as read-only and shared among all virtual machines (VMs) within the data center.

App Volumes supports AppStack integration with Microsoft RDSH shared desktops and published applications. RDSH integration is as easy as deploying the App Volumes Agent on the RDSH host. After the agent is deployed, the AppStack assignment is handled through the machine assignment process (by computer name) in the App Volumes Manager interface.

In this blog post, I will be demonstrating how easy it is to create a VMware App Volumes AppStack and in the next blog to the series will demonstrate how easily you can provision application to the virtual desktops using App Volumes realtime.

When configuring App Volumes with VMware Horizon View an App Volumes AppStack is a read-only VMDK file that is added to a user’s virtual machine, and then the App Volumes Agent merges the two or more VMDK files so the Microsoft Windows operating system sees the files as just one drive. This way the applications look to the Windows OS as if they are natively installed and not on a separate disk.

Creating VMware App Volumes Step by Step

Summary

This concludes the creating of VMware App Volumes AppStack with all the core applications in a single AppStack. Next, I will be demonstrating how you can provision applications real time using App Volumes to a Virtual Deskt0p. Hope this will be informative for you. Thanks for Reading !!!. Be social and share if you find worth sharing it.