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 used in this demo)
  • Install application
  • Launch vSphere Client 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

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

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Click the "Launcher" Tab and  Launch "TD-WINDOWS10" 

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

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Notice that Lots of Apps appear on the desktop.  

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

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

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Click on Programs and Features

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

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

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Show that Appstack applications are removed.

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Go back to Programs and Features in the control panel and show that the applications are no longer in the list. 

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App Volumes - User Installed Application on Writeable Volume Demo

Launch Windows Explorer, and navigate to any simple UIA sample app. (Opera and Peazip are used in this example) Install the application(s).

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Launch Sample application then close

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Go to "Programs and Features" from the Control Panel and find the installed applications in the list.

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Note which pool desktop computer name you are logged into by running the "hostname" command from command prompt.

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Log out, after a moment log back in.

Find and launch the same application again.  

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Run the "hostname" command again, noting that this is a different VDI desktop from the Horizon TD-WINDOWS10 desktop pool since logging off last time, and the User Writeable Volumes have attached at login and show on the desktop.

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Log into Appvolumes Manager from the shortcut on the desktop.

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Navigate to the "Volumes (2.X) section and open the "Writeables" tab.  Filter for your username and view your writeable which is attached.  

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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. (Peazip in this example)
  • Install application
  • Launch Sample application
  • Run "hostname" from command prompt and make a note of the computer name in this session.
  • Log out, after a moment log back in
  • Note that the applications which were installed have persisted.
  • Run "hostname" from command prompt and notice this session is on a different computer name.
  • Navigate to Appvolumes Manager
  • Find the Writeable volumes tab and filter for your username and find your new Writeable volume in the list.

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

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