Let’s JMP – Part 7: Creating the AppStack

In this part I will guide you through the steps for creating the App Volumes AppStack. I will be creating an AppStack with Acrobat Reader, Paint.NET and VLC.

Overview

The components with a red square are involved in this part.

Assumptions

I assume you have Windows 10 running with VMware Tools and the App Volumes Agent installed and joined to the domain. A snapshot of the VM before continuing is recommended to be able to easily return to this snapshot after creating the AppStack.

Creating the AppStack

Open your favorite web browser and go to https://VMWAV01.lab.local Click ADVANCED and click Proceed to vmwav01.lab.local (unsafe)
Type the Username and Password with the correct permissions in App Volumes and click Login
Click VOLUMES
Click Create AppStack
Type appstack01 for Name and select the Storage you want to put the AppStack on Leave the other defaults and click Create
Click Create
If you have chosen to create the AppStack in the background, wait for the action to complete by monitoring the refresh icon in the upper right corner. Click Rescan to check if the AppStack has been created
Click the (+) icon next to appstack01
Click Provision
Type the computer you want to provision appstack01 to and on which you will install the applications later on (WIN10 in my case) and click Search
Select LAB\WIN10$ and click Provision
Click Start Provisioning
appstack01 is ready for application installations
Open the console of the Windows 10 machine and log on using your domain credentials with enough permissions to locally install applications
If you receive a windows Invalid arguments with a message Flex Config Files path must be configured in Group Policy for UEM refresh, click OK
IMPORTANT: Leave the VMware App Volumes window open, until the applications are installed
Double click paint.net.4.0.13.install.exe
If you receive a User Account Control message, click Yes
 Click Next
Select I Agree and click Next
Unselect Start paint.net and click Finish
Double click readerdc_en_xa_install.exe
If you receive a User Account Control message, click Yes
Click Finish and close Acrobat Reader if it automatically opens
Double click vlc-2.2.4-win32.exe
If you receive a User Account Control message, click Yes
Click OK
Click Next
Click Next
Unselect Start Menu Shortcut and Desktop Shortcut and click Next
Click Install
Unselect Run VLC media player and click Finish
Open Explorer and browse to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and delete the shortcuts for Acrobat Reader DC and paint.net These shortcuts will be managed by UEM
Open Explorer and browse to C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop and delete the shortcuts for Acrobat Reader DC and paint.net These shortcuts will be managed by UEM
Go tot he VMware App Volumes window and click OK
Click Yes
Click OK
Log back in
Click OK and shutdown Windows (if you want you can revert back to the snapshot to create a new AppStack)
When you go back tot the App Volumes Management Console and click on VOLUMES, you will see that appstack01 has 3 applications and is ready for assignment

NextUp » Let’s JMP – Part 8: Putting the pieces together

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