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 TD-WINDOWS10 Desktop from WorkspaceONE and launch it
  • Launch the "AppVolumes - Make me a Developer Desktop" in the Start menu
  • Launch Visual Studio 2013
  • Copy the Simple Calculator project from \\vmwtd.com\tdpublic\engineering\vsprojects\Simple Calculator to your local My Documents\Visual Studio 2013\Projects 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 signed into WorkspaceONE

https://testdrive.vidmpreview.com

Once you're logged in and at the Horizon Workspace Portal home screen, we need to add the TD-WINDOWS10 Desktop to your dashboard (If you've already got these, skip ahead to where we first launch the Windows 10 Desktop session from WorkspaceONE) 

From the Apps section, search for "TD-WINDOWS10" and select open

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 Once the Testdrive Windows 10 Desktop has launched, click on the Start button and select the "Appvolumes - Make Me a Developer Desktop" Shortcut

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

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Launch Visual Studio from the icon.

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When prompted to log in select "Not now, maybe later"

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On the next screen, select the default options and select the "Start Visual Studio" button.

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Wait a moment while Visual Studio loads for the first time

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Minimize Visual Studio, then open the VSProjects shortcut on the desktop

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Copy the Simple Calculator Project from the network location

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

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

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

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Select OK when given the security warning.

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

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

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Perform a simple calculation

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Close the calculator and exit the application.

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Double Click on App Volumes - Remove Developer Desktop Icon.

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This will bring you back to your original configuration.

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Let's have a quick recap of what happened!

Walkthrough Summary

  • Added the TD-WINDOWS10 Desktop from WorkspaceONE and launched it
  • Launched the "AppVolumes - Make me a Developer Desktop" in the Start menu
  • Launched Visual Studio 2013
  • Copied the Simple Calculator project from \\vmwtd.com\tdpublic\engineering\vsprojects\Simple Calculator to your local My Documents\Visual Studio 2013\Projects folder.
  • Opened My Calculator Project
  • Build/Compiled Project
  • Started Calculator and demonstrated 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.

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