VMware App Volumes v2.6.0 Release Notes

VMware App Volumes v2.6.0 | 12 March 2015

These release notes include the following topics.

Key Features

VMware App Volumes is a real-time application delivery system that enables Enterprise IT to instantly deliver applications with complete application lifecycle management. VMware App Volumes provides a seamless end-user experience while reducing infrastructure and management costs.

  • Real-Time Application Delivery
    • Deliver or upgrade applications at scale and in seconds
    • Dynamically deliver applications without interrupting users even if they are logged in
    • Complete application lifecycle management (provisioning, delivery, maintenance, retirement)
  • Seamless End-User Experience
    • Support fully customizable desktops, with the freedom for end-users to install applications
    • Persistent user experience with non-persistent economics

What's New in Release 2.6

This release of VMwareApp Volumes v2.6 contains the following new features:

  • AppStack Grouping - Volume files (VMDK/VHD) on different storage locations that share a path and filename are considered to be copies of each other and can be managed as a single object.
  • Automatic AppStack Import - Volumes files (VMDK/VHD) located at the default appstack path on storage locations in enabled storage groups are automatically imported.
  • Server Virtual Desktop Infrastucture Support - Official support for VDI sessions on non-RDSH Windows 2008 R2 servers.
  • Improved Internationalization Support - Product can run on an English and non-English OS and can accept non English input/output.


VMware App Volumes product documentation is only available in English for release v2.6.0.

Compatibility Notes

Supported Platforms:

  • VMware ESX 5.0.x, 5.1.x, 5.5.x and vCenter (ESX/vCenter must be the same version).
  • Horizon View Integration Broker Service 6.0.1 and 6.1
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5

Manager Specific Platforms:

  • Microsoft SQL Server/Express 2008
  • Windows 2008 R2
  • Windows 2012 R2 with .NET 3.5

Agent Specific Platforms:

  • Windows 7 32/64-bit for VDI
  • Windows 2008 R2 for Published Applications
  • Windows 2008 R2 for Server VDI

Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved in the v2.6.0 release.

  • Visio and Project can now be provisioned in one AppStack and assigned to users or computers with Core office applications in the base.
  • Users, Computers, Groups, and Organizational Units can be unassigned even when they are not found in AD.
  • During uninstall, the user has the option to maintain attached volumes. This will allow for upgrades of the Manager to not interrupt existing attachments as part of the upgrade process.

Known Issues

  • If the ActiveDirectory group specified on the Configuration->Administrator Groups page contains UTF-8 characters, it is possible users will not be able to login after upgrading to 2.6. Change the the Active Directory group with UTF-8 characters to a group that only contains ASCII characters before upgrading to 2.6. After upgrade is complete the group configuration can be reverted to the original group containing UTF-8 characters.
  • Windows Home Editions are not supported in this release.
  • An Outlook search might generate a configuration popup when search indexing is enabled. Disable the Windows Search service and searching will work without search indexing.
  • Apple iTunes contained in an AppStack must be assigned prior to user login. Dynamic "real-time" assignment for this application is not supported.
  • After an AppStack is attached and functions, the Event Viewer might show BitLocker error.
  • Novell products are not supported by VMWare App Volumes.
  • Icons created by an application might remain after the AppStack is unassigned.
  • Virtual desktops should be rebooted or refreshed upon user logout. If a user logs in with a writable volume and a user later logs in without a writable volume, a popup will occur. Refresh or reboot after each logout when multiple users can log into the same virtual desktop.
  • After completing provisioning on Horizon RDS virtual machine, a manual reboot is required. After provisioning is complete, the virtual machine reboots automatically. If nothing happens after click "OK" in the provisioning dialogue after several minutes, then reboot manually. Once you login again, the provisioning process will be completed as normal.
  • The use of Internet Explorer in an Appstack is not supported due to the tight OS integration and dependancies it is recommended to use an application isolation technology such as VMware ThinApp. VMware App Volumes can be then utilized for delivery of the isolated application package.
  • Removing volumes in real-time can result in unexpected Windows behavior.
  • Microsoft QuickBooks can fail to correctly install if provisioned in the same AppStack with Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013. As a workaround, provision Microsoft QuickBooks and Microsoft Office 2010, or 2013, in different AppStacks.
  • When viewing App Stack details within the App Volumes Manager, some application names and versions might not be displayed correctly.
  • On user based assignments with non-persistent desktops some applications might re-configure themselves (for example, Skype or iTunes).
  • Renaming a datastore will result in disabled volumes which cannot be deleted using the VMware App Volumes Manager.
  • Renaming a virtual machine will not be reflected in the VMware App Volumes database.
  • When the Manager is uninstalled, existing AppStacks and user writable volumes might still be attached to computers. Since these attachments cannot be managed after uninstall, all existing attachments will detached prior to the actual uninstall. This includes all writable volumes and AppStacks that are attached to computers managed by the Manager.