EUC2020 Horizon Uplift Enablement Session Day 3Integration of ThinApp Packages with VMware App Volumes and VMware Dynamic Environment Manager

Integration of ThinApp Packages with VMware App Volumes and VMware Dynamic Environment Manager

Overview.

  • The following are tasks you will have to complete to ensure you understand the base platform and requirements to be in place to perform succesful ThinAPP captures.

Pre-lab tasks (to validate)

Accounts for all resources are administrator for local access and administrator@euc-livefire.com for domain access

Password for ALL accounts is VMware1!

 

Virtual Machine roles

  1. For VMware ThinAPP\
    • PackagingVM . This the VM we use to do our install VMware Thinapp
    • CaptureVM. This the VM we refer to as a Clean VM. We perform our ThinApp captures on this VM
    • W10Parent01a. This VM will be our TEST best for validating the package Capture. We also use this virtual machine to perform App Volumes Packaging in this session
  2. For VMware Dynamic Environment Manager
    • ControlCenter2
      • Location of the Configuration and Profile shares
      • Domain Controller configured AD templates on the Corp OU
    • DEMprofiler - We will do Application Profiler captures on this machine
  3. For VMware App Volumes
    • AppVol.euc-livefire.com. App Volumes Manager

 

 

  • Login to your vSphere Web Client client .
    1. Ensure that your W10Parent-01a has been reverted to Snapshot
      • After revert to current snapshot has completed, Power on your W10Parent-01a
    2. Go to your Corp Lun.
      1. Find the PackagingVM and the CaptureVM folders, add the VM's to the inventory by selecting the .vmx file in each folder.
      2. When you revert the PackagingVM, in the vSphere web client edit the vm settings and reconnect the VM to the VM Network
      3. Do Not delete any drive mappings or Desktop shortcuts on the CAPTUREVM
      4. Statically configure the CaptureVM with an ip address of
        • IP : 192.168.100.218
        • Subnet mask : 255.255.255.0
        • Default Gateway :192.168.100.1
        • DNS: 192.168.110.10
        • Edit the Software shortcut and change the short-cut from \\cs1-pd1.corp.local\software to \\cs1-pd1.euc-livefire.com\software
      5. Statically configure the PackagingVM with the following Ip address configuration
        • IP : 192.168.100.218
        • Subnet mask : 255.255.255.0
        • Default Gateway :192.168.100.1
        • DNS 192.168.110.10
        • Edit the Software shortcut and change the short-cut from \\cs1-pd1.corp.local\software to \\cs1-pd1.euc-livefire.com\software
      6. Configure the DNS configuration in the Advanced settings based on the below screenshot
      7. REJOIN both virtual machines to the EUC-livefire domain.
      8. Take a Virtual machine snapshot of both virtual machines and call it Horizon Uplift baseline
    3. On your ControlCenter2 server open a browser and download the following installer
      • https://notepad-plus-plus.org/downloads/v7.8.3/
    • Once downloaded save the file to the following location:
      • \\cs1-pd1.euc-livefire.com\software\Applications
    • On the Desktop. Open the Remote desktops folder create an RDP shortcut to CaptureVM.euc-livefire.com the name as CaptureVM.RDP
  • VMware ThinAPP Trial key for this session is for Internal only use JH02J-QT386-W8G63-0CAHK-34A64

Part1. Deploying VMware ThinApp

Please NOTE: The following lab assumes the Pre-lab tasks have been completed successfully. Please. do not proceed with the following until you have validated that all Pre-lab tasks are completed

  1. On your ControlCenter2 server open your Remote Desktop folder and using your PackagingVM.RDP connect and log in to your Packaging virtual machine.
    • Open the Software shortcut on your Desktop

 

  1. Open the ThinApp folder
    • Select and launch the VMware-ThinApp-Enterprise-5.2.6-14449759 installer
  1. Select the following
    1. Run >
    2. Install >
    3. Select the checkbox next to I agree the terms in the license agreement > Install
  1. In Enter license key window enter the following
    • Enter your trial key provided for this session
    • Under License Display name enter EUC-Livefire
    • Select Install
  1. Select Finish, select Close
  1. Go to the C:\ drive of your PackagingVM
    • Browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware
    • Select and right-click VMware ThinAPP
    • Select the Sharing tab and then select Advanced Sharing
    • Select the Share this folder checkbox , select Permissions
    • Ensure Everyone has Full Control , select OK
    • Select Ok select Close
  1. Open your VMware ThinApp folder and observe you have a SetupCapture.exe launcher
    • We execute SetupCapture.exe over the network on the CaptureVM
  1. On your ControlCenter desktop .
    1. Open your vSphere Web client. In host & Clusters inventory select your packaging vm select Snapshots > Take Snapshot > In the name area type ThinAPP installed. Select OK
    2. In the Remote Desktops folder, launch your CaptureVM.RDP shortcut
  1. On the CaptureVM Desktop double-click the short-cut to SetupCapture.exe
    • Select Run
    • On the Setup Capture - Welcome select Next
  1. On the Setup Capture - Ready to Prescan select Prescan
    • On the Setup Capture - Install Application window
      • Select the Software shortcut on your Desktop and go to Applications
  1. Select your your Notepad++ installer download and Open
    • Select Run
    • Select Ok > Next > I Agree > Next > Next >
    • Select the Create Shortcut on Desktop checkbox select Install
    • Select Finish
    • Close the Notepad++ application and File Explorer window
  1. Select Postscan select OK
  1. On the Setup Capture - Entry Points window select Next
  1. On the Setup Capture - Manage with Workspace window select Next
  1. On the  Setup Capture - Groups window select Next
  1. On the Setup Capture - Installation window select Next
  1. On the Setup Capture - Sandbox  window select Next
  1. On the Setup Capture - Quality Assurance Statistics window select Next
  1. On the Setup Capture - Project Settings window select Next
  1. On the Setup Capture - Package Settings window
    • Select the Generate MSI package check box
    • Select Save
  1. On the Setup Capture - Ready to Build window select Build
  1. On the Setup Capture - Build Project window select Finish
  1. Notice your .msi and .exe have been saved to the BIN folder on your Packaging machine
    • Go to the inventory of your vSphere web client and select your CaptureVM and Revert to Latest Snapshot

Part 2. Integration of Horizon with ThinApp and App Volumes

  1. On your ControlCenter2 desktop open the Chrome browser in Favourites, select the App Vol shortcut,  
    • Login as Administrator with password VMware1!
  1. Select INVENTORY > Applications select Create
  1. On the Create Application page, in the Name section type NotePad++  , select Create
    • In the Confirm Create Application window, accept the default and select Create
  1. On the Create Package for NotePad++ page next to Name type NotePad vs1.0
    • In the Description type ThinAPP package
    • Select Create
  1. Select the Packages tab and notice your Notepad vs 1.0 is Unpackaged.
    • Expand  Notepad vs 1.0
    • Select Package
  1. Next to the Applications tab, select the Packages tab
    • Select Search
    • Select W10Parent-01a radio button
    • Select Package
    • On the Confirm Start Packaging, select Start Packaging
  1. On your ControlCenter2 Desktop open the Remote Desktops folder and launch the w10Parent-01a.RDP shortcut
    • You should automatically be logged in as administrator@euc-livefire.com with the password VMware1!
  • On the W10Parent-01a desktop select the Start > Run type the following \\packagingvm\VMware ThinApp\Captures
  • Select OK . Open your Notepad++ project and then open the bin folder
  • Select and right-click the Notepad++ .msi installer and select Install
    • Select Start and right at the top of Application menu next to Recently added select Notepad++
    • Launch Notepad++ , If you get an error window. Select Ignore. Close Notepad++ and reopen.
    • Close Notepad++
  1. On the Packing window  select OK
    • On Installation Complete? select Yes
    • On the Finalize Package window select Finalize
    • On the Restart Required window select OK
  1. Log back in to your W10Parent-01a virtual machine
    • On the Packaging succesful window select OK
  1. Revert back to your App Volumes Manager
    • In the INVENTORY > Applications expand Notepad++
    • Select Assign
    • Select Assign
  1. On the Assign Application: Notepad++ window
    • Next to Search Active Directory type Marketing
    • Select Search
    • Select the radio button for EUC-Livefire\Marketing
    • Select Assign
    • On Confirm Assign select Assign
    • Review your Assignment for NotePad++
    • Select the Packages tab
    • Expand Notepad vs 1.0 and select Set Current
  1. On the ControlCenter2 server, open the Remote Desktop folder and launch the RDSH01a.RDP shortcut
    • On the RDSH server desktop select Open the Software shortcut and open the Applications folder
    • Install the native Notepad++ installer
      • Select OK
  1. Launch Notepad++ to validate its functionality.
    • Close the application when done
    • Disconnect the RDSH RDP session
  1. On your ControlCenter2 server , launch Horizon Administrator Console from the Horizon Shortcut on the Favourites bar on your Chrome browser.
    1. Select LAUNCH the Horizon Administrator (Flex) Console .
    2. Select Log in as Administrator and password is VMware1!
  1. In the Horizon Inventory, expand Catalog  and select Application Pools
    • Select Add
  1. In Add Application Pools wizard scroll down in the native application area until you find Notepad++ and select the check box.
    • Select Next
  1. In the Add Application Pools window select Finish
  1. In the Add Entitlements window select Add
    • In the Find User or Group next Name/User name: Contains box type Marketing
    • Select Find
    • Under Name select Marketing and select OK
    • Select OK
  1. On your Controlcenter server desktop launch your Horizon client with the following Credentials
    • Username is User1
    • Password is VMware1!
  • Select Log in
  • Launch Notepad++. (We will now configure VMware Dynamic Environment Manager to manage customizations.
  • On the Notepad++ Plugin Manager window select Ignore Selected Updates and close Notepad++
  • On the Horizon client select Log off

Part 3. Building a custom configuration for Dynamic Environment Manager to work with a ThinApp Application

  1. Capturing a Notepad++ ThinApp configuration DEM Application Profiler
    • On your ControlCenter2 Desktop, open your Chrome browser. Select the vSphere shortcut.
    • Login as Administrator and the password VMware1!
    • Select DEM-Profiler > right click,  select Snapshots and Take Snapshot
    • In the Take VM Snapshot for DEMProfiler window next to Name type Pre-App Capture
    • Select OK
  1. From your ControlCenter2 server open the Remote Desktops folder and launch the DEMProfiler.RDP to login as administrator@euc-livefire.com with the password VMware1!
    • From Start on the DEMProfiler desktop select RUN and in Open type %Appdata%\ and enter
      • Delete the Notepad++ folder
    • On the DEMProfiler Desktop, Open the software shortcut, open the Applications\ folder
    • Install the native Notepad++ application you downloaded at the beginning of this lab by selecting the Notepad++.msi installer
  1. Doing The DEMProfiler capture for ThinAPP applications
    • From the Start Menu, open the DEM Application Profiler Console
  1. Select the Settings tab, enable the following
    • Check box in front of Support HKLM
    • Check box in front of Warn if Project Not Saved
    • Check Box in front of Show Unsupported File Access
    • Select the Program Analysis tab select Start Session
  1.  In the Start Application to Analyze window under Program from Start Menu
    • Expand the inventory under Programs expand Notepad++ and select the Notepad++ shortcut
    • Select OK to Start New Analysis.
    • You will notice Notepad++ launching in the Background,
  1. In Notepad++, select the Settings > Preferences,
    • In the General area
      • Change from Standard Icons radio button to Big Icons  radio button
      • Under the Tab Bar enable Multi-line and Vertical checkboxes
    • Select the Close button to close Preferences. Close Notepad++
    • Click Ok to close the Profiling Finished window
  1. To right of the page, make sure the Optimization level to for this exercise is 1,
  1. Select Save > Save Config File with Predefined Settings
    • When prompted to save the configuration, enter Notepad++Marketing
    • Select Save, select OK to close the Predefined Settings window
    • Go to your vSphere client, select DEMProfiler, right click > select Snapshot > revert to current Snapshot
  1. On your ControlCenter2 Desktop, from the taskbar launch the UEM MMC, in the taskbar,
    • Under General select Applications
    • Select Download Config Template file
  1. In the Configuration Templates Repository, In the Inventory,
    • Select Notepad++,
    • Select Save
    • Select Close
  1. In the Dynamic Environment Manager MMC,
    • Select General,
    • Select Create Folder
    • In the Select name for new folder next to Folder name type ThinAPP, select OK
  1. On your ControlCenter2 Desktop, from the taskbar launch the UEM MMC, in the taskbar,
    • Under General select ThinAPP
    • Select Download Config Template file
  1. In the Configuration Templates Repository, In the Inventory,
    • Select Notepad++,
    • Select Save
    • Select Close
  1. On your ControlCenter2 Desktop, from the taskbar launch the UEM MMC, in the taskbar,
    • Select Refresh Tree
  1. In the Inventory Under Applications select Notepad++
    • Select the Predefined Settings tab
      • Select Add
        • Name: Notepad++ for Marketing on RDSH
        • Type: Fully Enforced
        • Under Fully Enforced Settings select Install
          • Select Notepad++Marketing.zip, select Open
  1. Select the Conditions Tab select Add select Operating System
    • Next to Operating SystemEndpoint : select Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Select OK > Select Save
  1. Select the Conditions tab
    • Select Add
    • Select Group Membership
    • Add Marketing to the Group membership
    • Select OK
  1. Select the DirectFlex tab,
    • Select the Executables path and select Edit
    • Under Application Virtualization select the Enable ThinApp 5.2 support Check box
    • Remove the entire path with the exception of notepad++.exe
    • Select OK
    • In the menu bar select Save Config File
  1. Select the Notepad++ Template under the ThinAPP folder
    • Select the Predefined Settings tab
      • Select Add
        • Name: Notepad++ for Marketing (ThinAPP)
        • Type: Fully Enforced
        • Under Fully Enforced Settings select Install
          • Select the Notepad++Marketing.zip, select Open
  1. Select the Conditions Tab select Add select Operating System
    • Next to Operating System: select Windows 10
    • Select OK > Select Save
  1. Select the DirectFlex tab,
    • Select and enable ThinApp 5.2 support checkbox
    • Select the Executables path and select Edit
    • Remove the entire path with the exception of notepad++.exe
    • Select OK
    • Select Save Config file
  1. Select the Conditions tab
    • Select Add
      • Select Group Membership
      • Add Marketing to the Group membership
    • Select Add
      • Select Operating System
    • Next to Operating System, select Windows10
    • Select OK
  1. In the menu bar select Save Config File

Part 4. Testing our Notepad++ ThinApp / App Volumes / Dynamic Environment Manager Integration with Horizon Published Apps and Desktops

  1. On the Controlcenter2 desktop, launch your native Horizon client shortcut, login as user4 with the password VMware1!

 

  1. On the Windows 10 desktop launch the Notepad++ shortcut
    • Notice your enforced configurations are being applied
  1. Revert back to your Horizon client,  to observe your Entitlements
  • Launch the Notepad++ entitlement
  • Try changing your Big Icons to Small Icons and then close the session. Re-open the session. Notice that you have Big Icons again. This is because we created Pre-defined settings and these were enforced.
  • Log off and disconnect from all sessions

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