VMware Cloud Director App Launchpad 2.0 | 15 OCT 2020 | Build 17029135
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App Launchpad 2.0 introduces the following new capabilities:
- Support for Container Applications
- In addition to VM applications, App Launchpad 2.0 can display container applications from Helm Charts in the App Launchpad catalog.
- With App Launchpad, tenant users can launch a container application from a Helm Chart to a Kubernetes cluster. Once launched, users can access their running container applications via their IP address from the My Applications page in App Launchpad. See Launch a Container Application.
- This feature requires Kubernetes clusters to be managed by VMware Cloud Director Container Service Extension, or VMware vSphere with VMware Tanzu.
- A service provider adds a Helm Chart to App Launchpad by connecting App Launchpad to the repository where the charts are stored. See Add Applications from Helm Chart Repository.
- Users can edit the YAML file for the application during the launch process. If the Helm Chart repository defines parameters to be shown in a form field, a form will be displayed during the launch process where the user can edit the parameters before launching the app.
- Integration with VMware Cloud Marketplace
- App Launchpad 2.0 introduces the ability to connect to VMware Cloud Marketplace. See Add Applications from VMware Cloud Marketplace.
- VM applications can be subscribed to and container applications can be pulled to App Launchpad from VMware Cloud Marketplace.
- The auto-sync feature of VMware Cloud Marketplace can be controlled from App Launchpad. This feature automatically pulls new versions of VM applications when they are made available in VMware Cloud Marketplace.
- App Launchpad introduces the ability to automatically remove old versions of VM applications when new versions are pulled from VMware Cloud Marketplace using the auto-sync feature.
- Enhanced Support for Custom Applications
- Service providers can import custom applications to App Launchpad by providing a URL.
- Service providers can customize logos, text summaries, version numbers, OS, and category tags of VM applications. See Editing Applications.
- Application Management Enhancements
- Service providers can define categories and add apps to categories to assist with catalog management.
- Service providers can add global custom information for applications.
- When editing applications, service providers can use rich content format.
- Tenant users can filter applications by type in their Applications Marketplace and choose between VM or container applications.
- Tenant users can deploy VM applications to an NSX-T backed routed network
- Public API
- App Launchpad 2.0 introduces a public API that can be used to programmatically drive most tenant and service provider functions. See https://code.vmware.com/apis/1036/cloud-director-app-launchpad.
You can upgrade to App Launchpad 2.0 from version 1.0. See Upgrade App Launchpad.
App Launchpad is compatible with the current major and previous major release of the following browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Edge
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
Note: You access App Launchpad by using the VMware Cloud Director service provider admin and tenant portals. The Web browsers that App Launchpad supports depend on the VMware Cloud Director version that you run.
In addition to the current release notes, you can use the App Launchpad documentation set at https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Cloud-Director-App-Launchpad/index.html.
- If Java SE JDK 11 installed on the deployment target machine, installing App Launchpad fails with the following error message:
error: Failed dependencies:
java >= 1.8.0 is needed by vmware-alp-2.0.0-38709533.x86_64
Workaround: To work around this issue, append the
--nodepsargument to the installation script. For example, to install App Launchpad to the target machine, run the
rpm -ivh --nodeps vmware-vcd-alp-v.v.v-nnnnnnnn.e17.x86_64.rpmcommand. See Install App Launchpad.