VMware App Volumes for Developer Desktops Quick Demo Guide

In this quick walkthrough we're going to demo how to use VMware App Volumes to turn our stateless desktop into a developer desktop with Microsoft Visual Studio 2013!

Walkthrough Summary

  • Add the Horizon Windows 7 Desktop to our Workspace Portal and launch it
  • Launch the "AppVolumes - Make me a Developer Desktop" icon on the Desktop
  • Launch Visual Studio 2013
  • Copy the Simple Calculator project from the network share to your local My Documents\Visual Studio 2013 folder.
  • Open My Calculator Project
  • Build/Compile Project
  • Start Calculator and demonstrate it works
  • Quit Visual Studio 2013
  • Launch the desktop icon called "AppVolumes - Remove Developer Desktop" to remove Visual Studio 2013 AppStack from your VM.

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 the Horizon Workspace Portal

https://workspace.vmwdemo.com

Once you're logged in and at the Horizon Workspace Portal home screen, we need to add the Windows 7 Desktop to our dashboard (If you've already got these, skip ahead to where we first launch the Windows 7 Desktop session from Workspace) 

Hit the "App Catalog" icon.

Select your home region from the left

Then for speed search for "Win 7"

You should see the Windows 7 Desktop for your region, hit the "add" button

Launch a Windows 7 Desktop, then double click on the "AppVolumes - Make me a Developer Desktop!" Icon

Once the AppStack attaches new icons for Visual Studio 2013 will appear

Launch Visual Studio from the icon.

Minimize Visual Studio, then open the Visual Studio Projects shortcut

Copy the Simple Calculator Project from the network location

Paste the Simple Calculator Project into your My documents\Visual Studio 2013 folder

Go back to Visual Studio and click on the "Open Project" link

Drill down to your My documents\Visual Studio 2013\Projects\Simple Calculator\c# folder and select open.

Select OK when given the security warning.

Select Build tab then scroll down the menu and select Build Mycalculatorv1

When the build completes, click on the start button to launch the calculator.

Perform a simple calculation

Close the calculator and exit the application.

Double Click on App Volumes - Remove Developer Desktop Icon.

This will bring you back to your original configuration.

Let's have a quick recap of what happened!

Walkthrough Summary

  • Added the Horizon Windows 7 Desktop to our Workspace Portal and launch it
  • Launched the "AppVolumes - Make me a Developer Desktop" icon on the Desktop
  • Launched Visual Studio 2013
  • Copied the Simple Calculator project from the network share to your local My Documents\Visual Studio 2013 folder.
  • Opened My Calculator Project
  • Built/Compiled Project
  • Started Calculator and demonstrate it works
  • Quit Visual Studio 2013
  • Launched the desktop icon called "AppVolumes - Remove Developer Desktop" to remove Visual Studio 2013 AppStack from your VM.

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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