App Volumes 3.0 – Deployment


VMware App Volumes 3.0 is out and is different from previous 2.x versions, the first noticeable difference is App Volumes is now running as a Virtual Appliance and once its deployed the integration isnt quite as slick as the previous version.  The following will illustrate the deployment process.

Release notes can be found here

Installation guide can be found here

Download the OVF from the VMware portal and import it into to vCenter.  Add the relevant IP and DNS information

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Once the deployment is complete browse the to the configured IP address

https://ip-address/horizonadmin

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The first page you will hit will be an initial setup page, here add the AD credentials

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Add a AD group that will include management accounts

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You will then be prompted to log back in to the web page as an AD account.  Once logged back in continue the setup, add any additional management accounts and permissions, add vROPs details and add the vCenter details.  vROPs is only available with App Volumes Enterprise.  When you add vCenter or vROPs, App Volumes will validate the configured certificates whether they are configured on the default VMware certificates or replaced with Enterprise corporate-signed certificates, either way adding vCenter or vROPs will fail this verification.

This verification can be disabled but if you need to leave this in place you will need to perform the below extra steps

Handling SSL certs for vCenter here

Handling SSL certs for vROPs here

For my lab I will be disabling this verification.  To disable verification log onto the appliance and run the following

>etc/wemi/utils/disable_ssl_validation.sh

Note – default login details are

Username – root

Password – 123

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Once disabled choose to add a new vCenter from the web management page.  Add the DNS name, service account and ESXi root details.  Add AppVol manager details and a datastore prefix – note the prefix is case sensitive

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Now create a share that will store a copy of the applications generated by AppCapture.  Add a SMB source share and a destination vCenter

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The App Volumes agent has also changed, I will install the agent on a Windows 7 linked-clone desktop pool.  First connect to the gold image and remove the old App Volumes agent, a direct upgrade is not supported.  You will also need to remove the UEM agent if it is installed

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Once removed and rebooted run the installer, select custom and notice the new agents installed.  If you dont use vROPs then remove this from the installation

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Add the App Volumes server details

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Once complete re compose the desktop pool.  You will be now ready to start capturing and delivering applications.

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