Creating a Streamed App or Desktop
In most cases, Apporto will create apps and desktops on your behalf, and you just need to publish them to make them accessible to users in the App Store. Should you want to create an app or desktop though, you may do so in the Apps screen.
Create a Streamed App
Streamed apps are the most common type of app in Apporto. They are installed on a server in the cloud and “streamed” to the user’s local computer in a web browser.
Basic App Setup
Using your preferred web browser, navigate to the URL for your Apporto system, for example, “mycollege.apporto.com”, and log in to the system using your credentials.
Click the Apps icon in the Navigation panel.
The ‘Apps’ screen displays.
The Apps screen lists all apps and desktops currently configured for your Apporto instance.
Click New in the upper right corner.
The ‘Select the Type of App’ dialog displays.
The Streamed section expands to show sub-types.
Select the desired sub-type (eg. Windows desktop).
The ‘Create App - Windows Desktop’ screen displays.
Enter the appropriate values for the app:
Enter the name of the app or desktop in the App name text box.
Enter the name of the app vendor in the App Vendor text box.
If desired, Upload a logo image for the app. Logos are recommended since they make it easy for users to quickly recognize applications in the App Store.
Logo files must be < 5 MB. Allowed file types include png, gif, jpg, or jpeg.
Images must be smaller than 100x100 pixels. Images larger than 100x100 pixels will automaticcally be scaled.
- All software must be installed on the base image. If not, an Apporto Admin with Windows administrative permissios may launch the Windows desktop and install any appications that may be needed.
- The base image server must be running. You may start it from the Servers screen.
Follow the steps above to open the Windows Desktop form.
After entering the App Name and Vendor, select a Base Image Server from the drop down menu.
Click on Applications to expand this section. Wait for all applications to display.
Check the boxes for the applications you want to include on the desktop variant.
After completing the steps below, you may test the desktop variant by publishing it to a group, impersonating a user in the group, and launching the variant.
Note: When an Admin launches the desktop, he or she will see ALL application icons on the desktop. If multiple desktop variants have been published to a user, they will see icons for all of the variants they have access to.
Click the Optional Fields link to enter any optional fields.
Enter the version number for the app in the App version text box.
Enter one or more keywords that describe the app in the Tags text box. When entering multiple keywords, separate entries with commas.
If desired, enter a brief Description of the app, any special Instructions, and/or a Link to vendor website.
If desired, enter a maximum Storage Quota Per User (in Gigabytes; 30 maximum). Note: It is more common to define storage quotas for Groups, but this can be set by App here.
If desired, enter a Term usage limit (in hours) to limit the total time a user can use the app during the semester. The current semester start and end date are entered in the Academic Calendar in Settings.
Click the Checkboxes link to select relevant options.
In most cases you can accept the default values.
Check Enable H264 to enable a faster compression method for desktops/apps running on a GPU server.
Remote Apps, App-in-desktop, and Virtual Machines
The exact list of checkboxes will vary depending on the type of app.
A few options that do not appear in the Windows Desktop form include:
- For remote apps, enter the Remote app launcher name. This is the name of the remote application that's being launched.
- For app-in-desktop, check Launch App in Desktop if you want an application to launch in a full desktop. This option enables users to take advantage of Windows desktop features and access the Apporto Cloud Mounter. If you check the box, you will be prompted to enter an App Code at the bottom of the form. Contact email@example.com to assign an App Code.
- For persistent VMs, check One VM per user if you want the desktop to have a dedicated Virtual Machine for each user. This is typically used when users need administrative permissions to the virtual machine.
Enter key information to tell the system where the application is installed and which streaming and SFTP servers to connect to.
Many fields are pre-populated with default values.
Enter the Cloud Platform (eg. aws, azure, etc.)
Enter the Region (eg. nc = northern california)
Enter the Streaming Server Hostname where the streaming servers are running.
Enter the SFTP Server Hostname (optional) which enables users to upload and download the file in the SFTP Hostname field.
Enter the SFTP Server Port
Enter the Virtualization Pool Hostname where the application or desktop is installed.
Enter the Virtualization Pool Listener
Use the Environment checkboxes to specify the environments to which you wish to publish the app (ie. DEV, TEST and/or PROD). You must select PROD in order to publish the app to users in your production environment. The DEV checkbox is enabled by default and cannot be deselected.
When all necessary information has been entered, click Submit to create the app.
The ‘App Detail’ screen displays.
The app can now be published to the desired groups or users.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.