Create a custom writeable volume for specifically the Outlook OST and Search Indexes

In my previous post I covered how VMware DEM can redirect the OST file and Search Indexes to a User Installed Application (UIA) writable volume. Because it’s still a UIA writable volume, any user with administrative rights can (ab)use these rights and install any application onto his/her own writable volume or the writable volume of […]

Synchronize AppStacks in a multi-site deployment

At my customer we recently installed App Volumes 2.14 in a in a multi-site deployment. Because the vSAN storages on both sites can’t directly communicate with each other, we need to set up storage replication to synchronize the AppStacks. In this blog I will cover how to configure Storage Groups in the App Volumes Manager. To […]

Install and configure VMware App Volumes Manager

VMware App Volumes provides a system to deliver applications to desktops through virtual disks. Applications are bundled in AppStacks and delivered by attaching a standard VMDK file to a virtual machine. Applications delivered by using App Volumes look and feel natively installed and you can update or replace the applications in real-time. You can centrally manage the […]

VMware App Volumes – How to AppStack

What the App Volumes? Over the past months I took a deep-dive into VMware App Volumes and this made me really exited about the future of Application Virtualization. VMware App Volumes, in a nutshell, is a virtualization product that provides just-in-time application delivery to virtualized desktop environments. With this real-time application delivery system, applications are delivered to […]

VMware App Volumes – Provision an Appstack

In the previous part we’ve created an AppStack. Now it’s time to provision the AppStack to the provisioning machine. Before we do this, I want to explain something about this machine and the best practices I use. An provisioning machine is a virtual machine used to provision AppStacks. Once an AppStack is provisioned you are able to […]

VMware App Volumes – Capture an Application

When you provisioned the AppStack to the provisioning machine, vCenter will attach the VDMK to the machine and the machine will be set into provisioning mode. The VMDK attached to the machine is a writeable volume wich will be set to read-only when the provisioning is completed. Everything installed or changed will be detected by the App […]

VMware App Volumes – Edit an AppStack

When editing an AppStack you can change the AppStack name, description and you’ll have the option to adjust the operating systems you want to run the AppStack on. Because my provisioning machine runs Windows Server 2012 R2 and my client run on Windows 10 I have to edit the AppStack in order to get it to work. Note: This will […]

VMware App Volumes – Assign an AppStack

Before we can test the AppStack, we need to assign it first. AppStacks can be assigned to all kind of active directory objects like Users, Groups, Computers and OU’s, and you have the possibility to attach the AppStack at next login or reboot or immediately. Because App Volumes provides just-in-time application delivery you can literally publish […]