VMware provides this operational tutorial to help you with your VMware App Volumes™ environment. App Volumes provides real-time application delivery and life-cycle management. IT can use App Volumes to quickly deliver applications and data to users without compromising the user experience.

We are often asked about recommendations for updating App Volumes AppStacks and writable volumes. This topic is briefly covered in the VMware App Volumes Deployment Considerations guide. But, what are the best practices for maintaining and updating your AppStacks and writable volumes? Can end users remain logged in during the update of those AppStacks and writable volumes? Can you maintain 100 percent uptime, or should you schedule a change window and take a brief outage?

Purpose of This Tutorial

In this operational tutorial, we address these questions to improve your day-two, or ongoing, maintenance operations of your AppStacks and writable volumes. In the case of AppStacks and user writable volumes, the AppStack or writable volume can be updated while end users are still using the old AppStack or writable volume. To get the new version, users must log out and log in again. Updates are queued and occur automatically at the next login. No scheduled maintenance window is required.

This tutorial takes you through the steps to update AppStacks and writable volumes. Before you begin, you should have an App Volumes 2.12.0 or newer environment available. See the Quick-Start Tutorial for VMware App Volumes to get started with a proof-of-concept, or see the VMware App Volumes Installation Guide for production installations.

Note: This tutorial covers updates of App Volumes AppStacks and writable volumes. It does not cover upgrades of App Volumes Manager servers, App Volumes Agents, and prepackaged templates. That subject is covered in Upgrading App Volumes Manager Servers and Agents: VMware App Volumes Operational Tutorial.


This tutorial is intended for IT administrators and App Volumes administrators of existing production environments. Both current and new administrators can benefit from using this tutorial. Knowledge of VMware vSphere®, VMware vCenter Server®, Microsoft SQL Server, and VMware Horizon® 7 is helpful.