App Volumes Manager is a web console used for administration and configuration of App Volumes and assignment of application packages and Writable Volumes.


  • Download the App Volumes installer.
  • Ensure that you have the SQL server authentication details with you.
  • Verify that your environment meets the system requirements.

    See System Requirements.

  • Verify that your account has local administrator privileges on the target server.


  1. Run the setup.msi installer file.
  2. Read and accept the End-User License Agreement and click Next.
  3. Select Install App Volumes Manager and click Next.
  4. Select a database option:
    Option Description
    Install local SQL Server Express Database The database is installed automatically.
    Connect to an existing SQL Server Database Use the SQL Server database of your choice.
    Note: It is recommended that you use this option for production environment.
  5. Select the database connection method.
    Option Description
    Windows Integrated Authentication Provide owner permissions on the new database to the App Volumes Manager server.
    SQL authentication Add a user for this database that has permission to create tables, views, and permission to read from and write to these objects.

    Any user with create, read, and write database roles can be used.

    A new ODBC connection named svmanager is created.
  6. Enter the name of the database.
    Important: Non-ASCII characters are not supported in the database name.
  7. Choose a new database or continue to use the existing one.
    Option Action
    Choose a new database. Select the Overwrite existing database (if any) check box.
    Note: When you upgrade App Volumes or install an additional instance of App Volumes Manager, this check box must not be selected.
    Use the existing database.
    1. In the Name of database catalog to use or create: field, enter the name of the database.

      Alternately, you can also use the Browse button to search and select the desired database.

      Note: If the Windows Integrated Authentication database connection method is selected, ensure that the user account has access to the desired database.
    2. Clear the Overwrite existing database (if any) check box.
      Important: If old App Volumes Manager instances that pointed to the existing database are no longer online, then ensure that the records of all those instances are removed from the database.
  8. If you do not have the relevant certificate to validate the SSL connection to SQL server, deselect the Enable SQL Server certificate validation check box and click Next.
    By default, Enable SQL Server certificate validation check box is selected.
  9. Select the ports on which App Volumes Manager can listen for incoming connections.
    By default, communication occurs over SSL and the default value of the port is 443. Specify the port value as 80 (or equivalent) for App Volumes Manager to listen on a HTTP port.
  10. (Optional) Check the Allow Connections over HTTP (insecure) box.
    If you have specified the App Volumes Manager to listen on an HTTP port in Step 7, you must select this box. Selecting this box deactivates SSL and all communication with App Volumes Manager becomes insecure .
    Caution: Do not enable HTTP in a production environment.
  11. Click Next and enter the path where App Volumes Manager must be installed.
  12. To begin the installation, click Install.

What to do next

Log in to App Volumes Manager and configure the active directory, vCenter Server, machine managers, and storage. Configure the connection to the SQL database and SSL for App Volumes Manager. For more information, see the App Volumes administration guide on VMware Docs.