VMware App Volumes 2312 | January 23 2024 | Build 4.13.0.69

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VMware App Volumes is a real-time application delivery system that enterprises can use to dynamically deliver and manage applications.

VMware App Volumes 4, version 2312, Release Notes lists New Features, Resolved Issues, and Known Issues for this release.

What's New

In this release, we are excited to introduce three remarkable enhancements that transform your virtual machine deployment and management experience.

  • New Admin Role: Application Owner

    Application Owner, a new admin role as part of our enhanced Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) system, is designed to empower organizations to efficiently scale their administrative teams.

    The Application Owner role simplifies access management by leveraging the existing owner field of an application. The role grants access to applications for designated users, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility. After assigned, Application Owners can perform operations on applications they own instead of across all applications. Additionally, the role facilitates the definition of permissions, ensuring a tailored access experience while maintaining security.

    For detailed information on leveraging the Application Owner role and making the most of its capabilities, see the Managing Admin Roles section in the VMware App Volumes 4 2312 Administration Guide at VMware Docs.

  • Security Updates

Resolved Issues

  • Backup, delete, move, and restore operations on Writable Volumes might fail if the Writable Volume is present in multiple storage locations and later, one of the storage locations is deleted. [AVM-31247]

  • During installation, the App Volumes Manager installer verifies the SQL Server version to check whether the SQL server version is supported. If the installer fails to verify the SQL Server version, the installer sets the default version of the ODBC driver in the App Volumes Manager virtual machine. This might lead to unexpected behavior in the database connectivity as App Volumes Manager requires ODBC driver 17.1. [AVM-31225]

  • The Cleanup Older Records from App Volumes Manager Archival Tables background job might lead to high disk space utilization if there are a huge number of App Volumes database records. [AVM-32424]

  • During startup failures in App Volumes Manager, the App Volumes health check API incorrectly provides an  HTTP status 200 OK response. As a result, 3rd party tools such as load balancers which depend on the health check API get affected. [AVM-32051]

  • When end users log into instant clone machines with App Volumes agent, the users do not receive their attachments and the following error is displayed: Volumes were not mounted due to an issue with your Writable Volume. Please try logging in again or contact your administrator. This issue occurs intermittently when one of the processes for volume attachment does not run. [AVM-31090]

  • App Volumes misses some files when capturing the Bp Premier application from Best Practice Software [AVA-23497]

  • End users with a Writable Volume experience an increase in the login time if there is a difference in the registered MOF (Managed Object Format) entries between the base virtual machine and the Writable Volume. [AVA-23247]

  • Replication of a folder's Alternate Data Stream (ADS) might convert the folder to file of length zero. As a result, the end user is unable to navigate into the folder and view the folder's content. [AVA-23253]

  • File creation fails during virtualization for file or folder names similar to SFN format. [AVA-22109]

  • Application packages are not working in an instant clone. Virtual machine in which the instant clone is provisioned, reboots, and end users are unable to run the App Volumes applications. [AVA-23367]

    When this issue occurs, a similar message is seen in svservice logs:

    [2023-11-20 19:41:08.455 UTC][svservice:P1976:T1980] ServiceStartShutdown: shutting down (0 logged on users, 0 pending logouts)
    [2023-11-20 19:41:10.939 UTC] [svservice:P1976:T2188] Computer startup URL: /computer-startup?name=svservice&status=0&uuid=420e5bbe-8e31-d740-599d-…
  • A non-empty directory gets deleted on a virtual machine with App Volumes agent when a specific Windows API is used with certain flags. [AVA-21185]

  • App Volumes removes the trailing backslash in a file or folder path. When App Volumes virtualizes the path, some of the filesystem APIs when used by the application can provide incorrect result for the file paths with trailing backslash. [AVA-23184]

  • svservice does not process the exclude_uwv_file rules added to snapvol.cfg which is created at /config/custom/profile path in a profile-only Writable Volume. [AVA-23377]

  • Additional, unintended font files are created at C:\Windows\Fonts in the Writable Volume every time an application package which has read-only font files is attached. As a result, the Writable Volume has reduced space over a period of time affecting end user experience.

    Note:

    The unintended font files have a GUID appended.

  • On an App Volumes agent machine, deleting a folder created on the base image in C:\ continues to remain visible in File Explorer. [AVA-21179]

  • Unable to edit some PDF files using recent versions of Adobe Acrobat Standard and Adobe Acrobat Pro when the applications are run from an App Volumes application package. This issue results in the following message: "Unknown error". [AVA-23237]

  • When an App Volumes application package or Writable Volume includes a printer specification and the memory integrity feature is enabled, Windows crashes at startup. [AVA-23138]

    Memory integrity is a virtualization-based security (VBS) feature. This feature is sometimes referred to as hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI). For more information about this feature, see the relevant Microsoft documentation.

  • Running the change logon command on an RDS host does not work when application packages or Writable Volumes are attached to the RDS host. Status of the RDS host machine is not updated in the VMware Horizon console. [AVA-23264]

  • Applications packaged on Windows 11 are shown as packaged with Windows 10 and applications packaged on Windows server 2019 and Windows server 2022 are shown as packaged with Windows server 2016 in App Volumes Manager admin UI. [AVM-29123]

  • In App Volumes configurations with a profile-only Writable Volume, the Windows task bar might sometimes miss some elements after logon. When this issue occurs, the first launch of File Explorer causes Windows Explorer to fail. Such a failure displays no error or warning message and is followed by an automatic restart of Windows Explorer. After the automatic restart, the task bar appears correctly and the File Explorer works as expected. [AVA-23085]

Known Issues

The number included after each known issue refers to the issue logged in the VMware internal issue tracking system.

  • An advertised shortcut launches the MSI installer when the shortcut is clicked. App Volumes agent does not allow the MSI installer to run when a corresponding application package having such an advertised shortcut is virtualized. The following error message is displayed: This action is not allowed for application <application_name>. [AVA-21004]

    Workaround: When packaging the application, delete the advertised shortcut from the Start menu, and recreate another shortcut for the application's executable.

  • An OS junction point from a native folder that belongs to a banned list to a non-virtualized folder (such as %APPDATA% in configurations that do no use UIA+Profile Writable Volume or a Profile-only Writable Volume) does not work properly. Files written to the junction source do not appear in the junction target. [AVA-20343]

  • In a multi-session environment, the error associated with the Microsoft Office application is also visible to users who are not assigned this application package. While the application does not behave as expected for the users assigned to this package, the error has no effect on users who are not assigned to the package. [AVA-20264]

  • Applications cannot write large string values (several hundred thousand characters) to the registry. [3034063]

  • When a Writable Volume and FSLogix Office Container are deployed together in a VDI, the FSLogix Office Container VHD is not created on an SMB file share. This issue occurs only when the Cloud Cache feature is enabled. [2791414]

    Workaround: Deactivate the Cloud Cache feature of FSLogix Office Container.

  • Sometimes, the applications that are packaged using App Volumes versions older than 2.18.2 have many redundant firewall rules. These rules can impact the end-user login time on agent computers where the application package is deployed. This issue is fixed in App Volumes 2.18.2 and later. [2624048]

    Workaround: If you are migrating an application package created in an App Volumes version earlier than 2.18.2 with such an issue, repackage the application after migrating to the target version.

  • When a remote printer is defined on a UIA+Profile Writable Volume and the printer is attached to its print server through a USB interface, the printer definition on the Writable Volume might get deleted on the next non-persistent logon. [2845852]

    Workaround:

    On the system volume, add the following two scripts to %SVAgent%\Config\Custom\uia_plus_profile:

    OnPreLoadApp.bat: sc config spooler start= disabled net stop spooler OnPostEnableApp.bat: sc config spooler start= auto net start spooler

    If you already have the same script names on the Writable Volume, add the spooler commands to the scripts.

    When a script is present on a Writable Volume and in the system volume at %SVAgent%\Config\Custom\uia_plus_profile, App Volumes agent runs the script present on the Writable Volume and ignores the script on the system volume. To ensure that the App Volumes agent runs both scripts, you can add the following to the script on the Writable Volume:

    if exist "%SVAgent%\Config\Custom\uia_plus_profile\%~nx0"
    ("%SVAgent%\Config\Custom\uia_plus_profile\%~nx0")
  • A Writable Volume move or copy operation might fail when bulk operations are performed on many volumes. [2115593]

    Workaround: Retry the move or copy operation.

Documentation

VMware App Volumes Documentation

  • For information about how to install, deploy, and upgrade VMware App Volumes, see VMware App Volumes 4 Installation Guide.

  • For information about how to configure and use VMware App Volumes, see VMware App Volumes 4 Administration Guide.

VMware App Volumes documentation is available at VMware Docs.

Internationalization

App Volumes content is available only in English.

Support Contact Information

To receive support, access VMware Customer Connect.

Alternately, to file a Support Request in Customer Connect and via Cloud Services Portal, you can use the information presented in this KB article .

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