VMware App Volumes 2.9 Installation (with Horizon View integration)

I will try to complement a great document titled VMware App Volumes 2.5 Deployment Guide, written by EUC expert Tristan Todd. I highly recommend you read his document first before reading mine.

What I use

  • Windows 2012 R2 with latest service pack and update. The manual listed .Net 3.5 Framework, I’m using 4.5 and did not encounter issue.
  • Windows 7. With no application installed. This is the desktop master image, where you install the applications. You can use 1 VM for multiple AppStack, but not at the same time.
  • Horizon View. I’m using version 6.0.1, which is compatible with App Volume 2.9.

For details, review the compatibility here.

The overall installation to deployment involves 3 main stages, which are:

  1. Install and Configure
    • You mostly work with the App Volumes Manager.
    • Overall Flow is:
      • Install Volumes Manager, Agent and View Broker.
      • Configure Volumes Manager.
  2. Capture
    • You mostly work with the App Volume Provisioning VM.
    • Repeat for each application.
  3. Provision

Install and Configure Steps

To begin the install, mount the ISO file to the Windows server VM that you have prepared earlier. I’ve prepared Windows 2012 R2. From there, launch the setup.exe as shown below.

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The wizard will launch. Overall, I found it quite straight forward.

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Notice by default it chooses the Agent, and not the Manager. Click on the Manager.

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The installer comes with MS SQL Express. I’m going to choose this option.

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It took around 5 minutes to install it. There is no detailed progress bar. After a few minutes, the following dialog was shown.

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I’m going with the default, so I’m not changing the settings. I clicked Next button, and the following screenshot was shown:

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It looks logical, so I will go with the default. I clicked Next button, and now it lets you specify the destination.

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Again, I’m not changing it. I don’t see a point in changing it. Clicking Next button begins the installation. It took around 10 minutes, with the last step (running script files) took a good 5 minutes.

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At the end, you are presented with the screen below:

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That completes the App Volumes Manager installation. We have not done any configuration. I will cover it here.

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