Install and Configure VMware Appvolumes 3.0

In this post I will be covering the process of deploying VMware APP Volumes 3.0 and the steps to configure VMware APP Volume 3.0 post deployment.

Documentation :

Refer the VMware Appvolume 3.0 guide before start the installation and Configuration.

Product info :  Click Here

Release Note : Click Here

Installation Guide : Click Here

System Requirements:

  1. vSphere® 6.0U1 and above
  2. 4 vCPUs
  3. minimum of 80 GB disk space
  4. minimum of 4 GB memory

Install VMware Appvolumes 3.0 :

App Volumes 3.0 virtual appliance deployment process is very simple and straightforward. Just follow the below instructions: I just deployed this in my home Lab on the VMware Workstation.

  • Download the App Volumes 3.0 virtual appliance from Here.
  • Import the ovf by selecting the location of appvolume 3.0 appliance.
  • Accept the EULA.

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  • Now the appliance import process begins.

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  • Accept the End User License Agreement entering Yes on the window.

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  • It would take some time to complete the installation and post installation you will see the AppVolume manager page on the console.

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  • Connect to APP Volumes appliance using Web Browser opening below URL  https://<ip-address-of-app-volume-appliance>/horizonadmin
  • You are now Done with the installation. Now lets begin withe the configuration.

Configure VMware Appvolumes 3.0 :

Post deployment, you are required to perform the configurations before assigning/managing applications. In my lab I have the below Mentioned components ready before starting the appvolume configuration.

  • Active Directory
  • vCenter Server
  • vROPS Server
  • Network Shared location hosting captured applications
Lets begin with the configuration,
  • Connect the Volumes appliance using Web Browser opening below URL : https://<ip-address-of-app-volume-appliance>/horizonadmin
  • Click on Configure Active Directory to integrate App Volumes with Active Directory under General Setup.

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  • Provide the required information and click on Domain Bind.

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  • Search for the Active Directory group.  you will be seeing members of the group having Super Administrator role assigned. You can have only one group configured with Super Administrator role. Click on Save.

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  • Once you done with the AD integration, you will be redirected to the Appvolume Login Page. Just enter your user name and password to login.

Note : You should login using only the username without @domain_name. You may face issue while configuring Windows Shared location if you use username@domain_name to login.  

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  • After you logged in, the next step going to be configure vROPS server. Click on Configure next to vROPS

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  • Provide the vROPS Server details and the credentials having sufficient access rights on vROPS Server.

Note : vROps is only available with App Volumes Enterprise. Installing or using vROps is optional

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Note: By default vROPS & vCenter servers are configured with the default self singed certificate. APP Volume will be validating the configured certificates on vROPS & vCenter server. Since i am running this in my home lab, i have disabled the SSL cerification validation using the below script which is available in the appvolume appliance.

/etc/wemi/utils/disable_ssl_validation.sh.

  • Now lets configure the vCenter server.

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 Note : If you have multiple ESX host managed using vCenter, it’s important that all of the hosts should have common password; otherwise, you may find that AppStacks may not be available.

  • Enter all the required details and Click on Save.

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  • Next is configure the file share. Click on New next to File Share Location.

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  • Provide the name of the share, location of shared folder and the destination vCenter. Click on Save.
  • Once you configure the File share location, App Capture will be marked a complete. Click on New to assign application to end user.

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