VMware App Volumes, Installation & Configuration

This Walkthrough series covers everything you need to know, from how to install and configure VMware Appvolume and  how to create / Manage Appstacks , etc. We have already discussed the core components of VMware appvolume in my previous blog.

Appvolume installation:


  • Create a Active Directory Service Account – Used for both LDAP Reads and vCenter Server permissions
  • Create a “AppVolumes User” Role in vCenter
  • Windows Server 2008/2012 R2 virtual machine configured with 2vCPU’s and 4GB of RAM
  • MS SQL Database configured on remote MS SQL Server 2008R2 server or local installation.
  • Download VMware Appvolume installation software from Here


  • Extract the VMware App Volumes ISO to the “VMware App Volumes Manager” server and execute the installer.


  • Click “Next” on the Installation Wizard and Accept the EULA and Click on Next.
  • Now Select Install App Volumes Manager , then Click Next.
  • The “App Volumes Manager Installation Wizard” dialog will be displayed. Click “Next” to continue.


  • Select the SQL Server option you want to use.  I am installing SQL Server locally. “Install local SQL Server Express Database” and click Next.


  • SQL installation take some time to complete and it will prompt to configure Database details .Since we’re using the SQL Server Express instance locally, we’ll accept the defaults by clicking Next.
  • If you are using a remote SQL DB then fill in the needed Database Server connectivity details and click “Next” when ready.


  • Select the network ports that you wanted to communicating with the server. The defaults should be fine unless there are other Web applications running on the server. Click Next to continue.


  • Select the default Location and Click on Next.


  • Click Install to start the installation and Installation process would take approx 8 mins to complete.


  • Once the installation completes click “Finish” to exit the installer.

The App Volumes Manager has been installed,But it’s not configured. Its very simple and straightforward steps. I will walk you through the instructions here.

Appvolume Configuration:

  • Login to your Appvolume Manager.
  • Launch the App Volumes Manager desktop icon on your appvolume Manager server.


  • You Will see the welcome screen , Click the Get Started button.


  • The first tab that is displayed is the “License Information”. Get the licence key and upload the same to the Manager. you will see the status on the screen if it’s accepted the license.



  • Second tab displayed is for the configuration Active Directory. Provide the details for your domain, domain controllers (if you want to specify) and user with “Read” access to your directory.


  • Configure the Active Directory group that will be added to the App Volumes Admin Group and Click on Next.


  • Next up is the Hypervisor Credentials tab. I have created a service account and assigned to the “App Volumes User” vCenter Role. Also provided my ESXi hosts root account and password to enable the “Mount on host” setting. Click Next”.


  • In the Storage tab we are configuring the location of where the Appstacks and Writable volumes that are created will be stored.


  • Confirm the Storage Settings to proceed. To choose whether to “Import volumes in the background” or “Import volumes immediately


  • Provide the vSphere Datastore to upload the volume templates and provide login in credentials for the ESXi host used for the data transfers. Click Upload to continue.


  • Once the upload has completed, its ready for appstacks / Writable volume creation.

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Related Posts:

  1. What is VMware App volumes?
  2. VMware App Volumes Components
  3. System Requirements for App Volumes?
  4. VMware App Volumes Documentation
  5. How to Create a New App Stack – App Volumes?