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Monday, 20 June 2016

VMware App Volumes - Part 1

VMware App Volumes is a solution that delivers applications to View virtual desktops.
Applications installed on multi-user AppStacks or user-specific writable volumes attach instantly to a desktopat user login. The App Volumes user experience closely resembles that of applications natively installed on the desktop.
Graphic thanks to VMware
Benefits of App Volumes:-
1. VM Independent Applications
Applications become VM independent and can be moved across data centers or to the cloud easily. It can be shared with thousands of VMs
2. Real time App delivery
Delivers and upgrades the apps in just seconds. Apps can be dynamically delivered without interrupting the users in seconds.
3. Lower Cost
It can optimized the app delivery to drive down the compute, storage and network cost.
4. Seamless User Experience
Allows to customize desktops and install their own apps as well

How it Works?
It users agent, server,database architecture
agent is installed in vdi desktops, server is centralized management servers configured to connect vdi.Major components are listed in this figure
Graphic thanks to VMware

1. AppStacks
AppStacks are read-only volumes containing applications that can be assigned to Active Directory (AD) user accounts, groups or organizational units (OUs), or computer accounts to enable delivery of applications to end users.
Administrators can combine core applications into a single AppStack, making the AppStack easy to assign tousers through AD object assignment. Administrators can make application updates available immediately or on next login or reboot.
This can be shared with all the VMs in the datacenter

2. Writable Volumes
It's the per-user volume, where the per user centric data is stored. Example is Application Settings, Licensing settings, configuration files, user-installed apps.
This cannot be shared with multiple users

3. Other Components
Image taken from VMware Docs. Thanks to VMware
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VMware App Volumes Reference Architecture