VMware Appvolumes - Writeable Volumes and Appstacks

In this quick walkthrough we're going to demo how to use VMware App Volumes to attach and detach Appstacks, and to install a sample application that will persist across sessions via the App Volumes Writeable Volume. 

Walkthrough Summary

  • Find and launch the "App Volumes - ATTACH LOTS OF APPS!" icon 
  • Launch an app (Notepad ++)
  • Close the app
  • Navigate to Control Panel and launch "Programs and Features"
  • Show appstack apps are, in fact, installed locally
  • Find and launch the "App Volumes - DETACH LOTS OF APPS! Icon 
  • Navigate to Control Panel and launch "Programs and Features"
  • Show appstack apps are no longer installed locally
  • Launch Windows Explorer, and navigate to any simple UIA sample app. (vSphere client in this demo)
  • Install application
  • Launch Sample application then close
  • Log out, after a moment log back in
  • Find and launch the same application again.

In order to perform the full end-to-end demo make sure you have the following:

  • A valid account in the VMware TestDrive environment, sign up here if you don't
  • Network access from your device and TCP ports 80, 443 and 4172 & UDP 4172 enabled
  • An appropriate Horizon client installed on your device
  • An appropriate web browser (such as Google Chrome) installed on your device

**Please be advised that in the latest version of Appvolumes, writeable volumes separated out per Operating System version, so your User Installed Apps will not persist between Windows 7 and Windows 10 Desktop Pools like it has in the past.  You can launch a Windows 7 and a Windows 10 VM at the same time.**

Let's get started, open up your favorite web browser and get sign into Workspace ONE.

https://wsone.vmtestdrive.com

Click the "Launcher" Tab and  Launch "AMER-Win10" 

From the Windows Desktop, click the Start button, then select All Programs, and launch the "App Volumes - ATTACH LOTS OF APPS!" icon.

Notice that Lots of Apps appear on the desktop.  

Launch an app (Notepad ++), showing the apps launch, then Close Notepad ++

Right Click on the Start button and launch "Programs and Features"

Show that programs are indeed installed locally after the Appstack Attach.  Close Programs and Features window

Click the start button, select "All Programs" and click on App Volumes - DETACH LOTS OF APPS! 

Show that Appstack applications are removed.

Right Click on the Start button and launch "Programs and Features"

Show that programs are indeed installed locally after the Appstack Attach.  Close Programs and Features WIndow.

App Volumes - User Installed App on Writeable Volume Demo

Launch Windows Explorer, and navigate to any simple UIA sample app. (vSphere client in this demo) Install the application.

Launch Sample application then close

Log out, after a moment log back in

Find and launch the same application again.  

The User Installed Application has persisted in a non persistent VDI Desktop!

Congratulations you have now completed a demonstration of both Appstack functionality and User Installed Applications (UIA) on an Appvolumes Writeable Volume. 

Walkthrough Summary

  • Find and launch the "App Volumes - ATTACH LOTS OF APPS!" icon 
  • Launch an app (Notepad ++)
  • Close the app
  • Navigate to Control Panel and launch "Programs and Features"
  • Show appstack apps are, in fact, installed locally
  • Find and launch the "App Volumes - DETACH LOTS OF APPS! Icon 
  • Navigate to Control Panel and launch "Programs and Features"
  • Show appstack apps are no longer installed locally
  • Launch Windows Explorer, and navigate to any simple UIA sample app. (vSphere client in this demo)
  • Install application
  • Launch Sample application then close
  • Log out, after a moment log back in
  • Find and launch the same application again.

Check out the  TestDrive Support KB for further walkthroughs, FAQs and information regarding the VMware Global Demo Environment.

For support or to report issues with any of the demo systems please send us an email.

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