To use App Volumes in the AppStream 2.0 service, you must have the required permissions to access certain AWS services, be aware of the system requirements for using App Volumes components, and download the App Volumes agent.

Be aware of the following prerequisites:
  • Ensure that you have an AWS account.
  • Ensure that you have permissions to access the AppStream 2.0 service.
  • Ensure that you have access to Amazon EC2.
  • To set up SAML, ensure that you have permissions to access either the IAM (Identity and Access Management) or the IAM Identity Center (Successor to AWS Single Sign-On).
  • Ensure that you have already configured an AWS Managed Microsoft Active Directory (AD).
    When configuring the file share if you choose the default option wherein the file share is provisioned by the AWS CloudFormation service, then ensure that you have the following details handy: Active Directory ID, Active Directory service account credentials, Active Directory NetBIOS name, and Active Directory DNS addresses.
    Note: When configuring Active Directory in the App Volumes Manager admin UI, you must use the same Active Directory setup which is used during file share configuration.
  • To create a file share, ensure that you have permissions to use Amazon FSx for Windows.

    To use Amazon FSx for Windows, see the Getting Started section in the Amazon FSx for Windows File Server User Guide.

  • Ensure that you have downloaded and installed the App Volumes license file.

    App Volumes solution deployed in the Amazon Marketplace follows the Bring your own license pricing model. When deployed, the solution has the default trial license. Hence, you must obtain the production license from the VMware App Volumes product download page.

    To verify the license, see the Verify License section in the VMware App Volumes 4 Administration Guide.

  • To download the App Volumes agent, perform the following:
    1. Go to the VMware Customer Connect page.
    2. Click Downloads.
    3. In the Products A-Z listing, search for VMware App Volumes and click Download Product.
    4. In the Download VMware App Volumes page, navigate to the desired edition, and click GO TO DOWNLOADS.
    5. In the Download Product page, download the files.
  • Ensure that you are aware of the system requirements that are necessary for using App Volumes.

    For more information, see the System Requirements section in the VMware App Volumes 4 Installation Guide.

  • For production environment, ensure that you have an existing SQL server database.

    A local SQL Server Express Database is installed by default in the virtual machine where App Volumes Manager is installed. However, this option is not recommended for production environment.

For more information about AWS and the services, see the corresponding AWS documentation.

App Volumes documentation can be found at VMware Docs.