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 upgrading App Volumes. The topic Upgrading App Volumes Components, in the VMware App Volumes Installation Guide, provides the technical steps to perform an upgrade.

But how should upgrades be done in your environment? Can end users remain logged in during the upgrade? Can you maintain 100 percent uptime using a rolling upgrade, or should you schedule a maintenance window and take a brief outage?

Purpose of This Tutorial

In this operational tutorial, we will address these questions to improve your App Volumes upgrade experience.

This tutorial takes you through the steps to upgrade App Volumes Manager server and App Volumes Agents. Before you begin, you should have an App Volumes 2.12.0 or later 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 upgrades of App Volumes Manager servers, App Volumes Agents, and prepackaged templates. It does not cover upgrades of App Volumes AppStacks and writable volumes. That subject is covered in Updating AppStacks and Writable Volumes: 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.