Applies to: Nerdio Manager version 2.8 and above
Nerdio Manager version 2.8 introduces a new way to manage and maintain MSIX app attach packages. With version 2.8, NMW integrates with the native app attach API and the management tools available in Azure portal.
IMPORTANT: If you are currently using Nerdio Manager v2.7 (or older) to deliver MSIX App Attach applications to users, you will need to migrate the MSIX images via an automated process. Installing the latest version of Nerdio Manager WILL NOT impact users. However, you will not be able to manage MSIX app assignments to host pools until you go through the automated migration process. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions specific to your MSIX App Attach environment.
In order to leverage the new app attach features, you will need to confirm a few prerequisites, and optionally migrate any older app attach images to the new format.
The prerequisites for enabling MSIX app attach in NMW are:
Azure Files share
NMW uses an Azure Files share to host the app attach images. You will need to create or link to an existing Azure Files share by navigating to Settings > Integrations.
First, create or link to an existing Azure Files share by clicking Add or Link under Azure Files.
Then, link to the Azure Files share you want to use to store MSIX images by clicking "Link" under "MSIX App Attach Storage Locations"
The Azure Files share must be joined to Active Directory, and permissions must be configured to allow all session hosts and all users that are leveraging app attach are able to connect to the file share.
Whitelist Subscription (no longer necessary as of app attach general availability) WVD MSIX App Attach is currently in preview. In order to use it, you will need to fill out this form to request that your subscription be whitelisted in Azure. This step will not be necessary once the WVD MSIX App Attach functionality is out of preview and in GA.
Enable Validation environment (no longer necessary as of app attach general availability) For any host pools that will use the new MSIX app attach capabilities, you will need to enable the "validation environment" setting. To do this select your workspace and then click the dropdown arrow on your host pool and select Properties > WVD. This step will not be necessary once the WVD MSIX App Attach functionality is out of preview and in GA.
Check the box labeled "Validation environment."
Available session host
To enable MSIX app attach on a host pool, at least one session host needs to be running and available in order to complete the configuration.
Migrating existing images
To migrate your existing app attach images, first ensure the above prerequisites are all met. Then navigate to MSIX App Attach > Images.
You will see a message at the top of the page prompting you to migrate your existing apps. Click the link to proceed.
Note that migrating apps from the non-ARM version of AVD (a.k.a. the "fall release" version) is not supported, as indicated by the red information icons.
Click the Migrate button to have NMW automatically configure your app images for the new version. The apps will then be visible in the MSIX App Attach > Images page. You will also be presented with the option to clean up your previous images, which will automatically remove unnecessary files used in the previous version.