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

Ivan de Mes

Ivan de Mes

Ivan de Mes works as an EUC Solution Architect for Login Consultants in The Netherlands. Ivan has over 19 years of experience in delivering workspace solutions at large customers in banking, health care, education and others.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Ivan was rewarded with the VMware vExpert status. In 2018 and 2019 Login VSI rewarded Ivan with the Login VSI Technology Advocate status.

 

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