VMware App Volumes 3.0 Release Notes

VMware App Volumes™ 3.0 Release Notes | 22 Mar 2016

Updated on: 22 Mar 2016

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Key Features

VMware App Volumes is a portfolio of integrated application and user-management solutions for VMware Horizon®, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, and RDSH virtual environments. These solutions take desktop and application environments to the next level by providing radically faster application delivery and unified application and user management, while reducing IT costs. Here’s how:

  • Agile Services Delivery
    • Instantly deliver or upgrade applications.
    • Eliminate the pain in application packaging, customization, deployment, and retirement by using a reliable, flexible, and common application provisioning format.
  • Unified Application and User Management
    • Provide unified management with a single pane administrative view.
    • Deliver superior user experience with integrated application management, user policy, and monitoring.
    • Define patterns and workflows that remove repetitive application management tasks.
  • Reduced Infrastructure, Support, and Operational Costs
    • One-to-many provisioning lowers storage and operational costs by up to 70%, and enables scalable single image management.
    • Decoupling operating system images and applications reduces number of images managed by up to 95%.

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What's New in Release 3.0

The latest release of App Volumes provides integrated application delivery and user environment management with enterprise-scale capabilities. New capabilities include:

  • AppToggle – Enable per user entitlement and installation of applications within a single AppStack for maximum flexibility. Reduce the number of AppStacks that need to be managed, lower storage capacity and management costs even further, improve performance, and allow applications to share or have different dependencies in a single AppStack. In this release, AppToggle is supported for VMDK only.
  • AppCapture with AppIsolation – Easily capture and update applications to simplify application packaging, delivery, and isolation with a command-line interface that enables IT to distribute AppStack creation to different teams and merge AppStacks for simplified delivery and management. With support for AppIsolation, AppCapture also integrates with VMware ThinApp® to enable IT to deliver native applications and ThinApp applications in one consistent format through AppStacks.
  • AppScaling with Multizones – Allows integrated application availability across datacenters with replication of AppStacks across sites. Automatic import services scan file shares to populate AppStacks into data stores across VMware vCenter® instances.
  • Integrated Application, User Management, and Monitoring Architecture – App Volumes is built on an integrated application-management and monitoring platform that recognizes patterns to create simple, yet powerful workflows for faster provisioning and application lifecycle management. Manage users within this new platform with context-aware user policy and profile management.
  • Unified Administration Console – Use a simple admin view to deliver and manage applications, apply user policy, and proactively monitor your desktop and published application environments.

Before You Begin

Knowledge of the following facts is useful before you install, configure, and use this version of App Volumes.

  • Extensible Platform – App Volumes 3.0 introduces a new extensible platform that integrates App Volumes and VMware User Environment Manager™, along with some other new capabilities. For customers with App Volumes in production, we recommend that you continue to leverage the existing App Volumes 2.10.  If you are interested in testing out this new platform be sure to consider App Volumes 3.0. We are committed to developing and building out this platform as we move forward and welcome your feedback.
  • Customizations –The unified Web-based administration console enables administrators to customize the user environment. For example, assigning a printer based on contextual conditions. This beta feature is available for customers to evaluate and provide feedback. For production use cases, customers should use the Windows based User Environment Manager administration console.
  • Migration – Migrating AppStacks from App Volumes 2.x to 3.0 is not supported in this release.
  • Computer-Based Assignment Support – App Volumes 3.0 does not support computer-based assignment of AppStacks. For this use case, App Volumes 2.10 can be used. 2.10 binaries are included with App Volumes 3.0.

Internationalization

VMware App Volumes product documentation is available in English for release 3.0.

Compatibility Notes

Supported Infrastructure for App Volumes 3.0:

  • VMware ESX® 6.0 Update 1a and ESX 6.0 Update 2 and VMware vCenter (ESX/vCenter must be the same version)
  • VMware Horizon® View™ 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.2, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 7.0
  • VMware User Environment Manager 8.6, 8.7, and 9.0
  • VMware ThinApp 5.1, 5.2, and 5.2.1
  • VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.2
  • VMware vRealize® Operations for Horizon and VMware vRealize Published Applications™ (Enterprise Edition only)
    • VMware vRealize Operations & Published Applications 6.2 and 6.2.1
    • VMware vRealize Operations Manager™ for Horizon 6.0.2 and later
  • Citrix XenDesktop 5.5, 5.6, and 7.X
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5 and 7.x for Server VDI
  • PostgreSQL 9.3.x
  • Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise)
  • Windows 7 32/64 bit
  • Windows 8.1 32/64 bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2 for Server VDI

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Known Issues

The following issues might occur in this version of VMware App Volumes.

  • Users who log in to Windows 10 with App Volumes might experience long log in times
    The first time a user uses a Windows 10 system with App Volumes, Windows 10 configures the desktop with the new configuration, which results in a slow login.
    Workaround: You can prevent slow log-in times after the initial log in by implementing the following steps:
    • Disable Windows Updates, Indexer, and Search Service.
    • Attach a writable volume to the desktop. Writable volumes serve as a cache for the user’s profile, which speeds up the login process.
  • The scroll bar does not function properly in App Volumes with the Chrome 48 browser on Mac OS systems
    A Chrome browser issue prevents you from dragging the scroll bar in App Volumes. This issue has been observed with the Chrome 48 browser on Mac OS systems. To scroll up or down, you can use the keyboard arrows.
    Workaround: Do not use Chrome 48 for App Volumes on Mac OS systems. Use a different browser or a different version of Chrome, such as Chrome 49.
  • A "Device or resource busy" message appears when you attempt to remove a file share
    This issue can occur when you attempt to remove a file share soon after adding it because the file share sync operation that was initiated when you added the file share has not finished.
    Workaround: If this issue occurs, attempt to remove the file share again after the file share sync completes.
  • Updating the computer-name prefix of an existing application assignment might change the writable volumes associated with the assignment
    Writable volumes are shared across application assignments based on matching operating system and computer-name prefixes. Therefore, updating the prefix might result in the system presenting a different writable volume, which would not contain any of the data saved to the previous writable volume.
    Workaround: Do not create or update application assignments with longer (more specific) computer-name prefixes than the computer name prefixes used for existing application assignments. (See KB 2144688)
  • You cannot delete applications from the inventory after you sync the respective AppStack from a file share
    To work with application assignments, you must sync an AppStack from a file share. Afterward, applications in the AppStack appear on the Inventory page at Application > Inventory. You cannot delete these applications from the inventory page.
    Workaround: Contact VMware support to clear such applications from the inventory page.
  • When you capture Microsoft Office suites in separate bundles and assign two or more together, a dialog box appears the first time users launch applications from the bundles
    Deploying multiple Microsoft Office bundles concurrently, initiates a permanent behavior where a harmless reconfiguration dialog box appears and soon disappears during the initial launch of an application from the bundles. After the dialog box disappears, users can access and use the application.
    Workaround: To prevent the dialog box from appearing, enable one bundle containing Microsoft Office applications at a time or in a bundle include all of the Microsoft Office suites.
  • Deleting a file share makes the respective applications unavailable
    Performing a sync from an application file share imports applications to your Inventory > Applications page. After the applications are synced, if you delete the file share they were imported from, the applications on the Applications page become unavailable. You can assign them to users, but the users do not receive them when they log in to their desktops.
    Workaround: An App Volumes suggested practice is to not delete file shares. Following this suggested practice will prevent the preceding issue from occurring.
  • When you attempt to install the App Volumes OVA on a VLAN with IPv6 enabled, the installation fails
    Performing a sync from an application file share imports applications to your Inventory > Applications page. After the applications are synced, if you delete the file share they were imported from, the applications on the Applications page become unavailable. You can assign them to users, but the users do not receive them when they log in to their desktops.
    Workaround: Modifying the OVA settings as follows allows you to install the App Volumes OVA on a VLAN with IPv6 enabled.
    1. Log in to the vCenter console.
    2. Change the value of the following parameters in the /etc/sysctl.conf file to 1 as shown.
      • net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1
      • net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1
      • net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6 = 1
    3. Delete the /etc/sysctl.d/10-ipv6-privacy.conf file.
    4. Restart the virtual appliance.
  • The Applications column of the Assignments page has a value of NA even though the assignment contains applications
    On the App Volumes Assignments page, you can add the Applications column by clicking the down arrow in any of the existing columns, clicking or hovering over the Columns list, and selecting Applications. The Applications column appears, but contains a value of NA even though applications exist.
    Workaround: To see the actual list of applications, click the assignment name link in the table.

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