What it does
Kiosk Manager is a collection of tools and configurations to customize and deploy single-purpose devices. Common use cases include kiosks, testing machines, digital signage, and shared workspace machines. This is achieved by creating Kiosk Manager Profiles, which are a saved collection of those settings and configurations that are then deployed out to the device or collection to achieve the desired state.
This tool completes this action by using remote WMI.
Navigate to the Kiosk Manager by right clicking on a device or device collection > Recast RCT > Kiosk Manager:
The Manage Profiles menu allows users to create a set of saved configurations. The buttons above the profiles menu allow users to create a new profile, delete an existing profile and copy, import and export existing profiles.
This screen allows users to choose which tools and configurations will be included in their profile. These configurations will be customized in upcoming steps based on what is selected. Individual configurations can be included by checking the appropriate checkboxes.
Configure computers to login as a particular user account each time the device reboots. It is enabled by the Enable AutoLogin checkbox - if this is not checked, no changes related to automatic login are applied to the machine. If enabled, Lab Manager will store the password in the LSA Secure store of the device and make the appropriate registry changes. The Test Login button allows you to verify that the login credentials are valid. In the Advanced menu, there is an option for limiting the number of times the user account will automatically login to a particular device. Once this limit has been hit, the device will no longer login as the user on reboot. If the Limit Login Count is not checked, the device will login an unlimited number of times.
The Replace Shell step replaces the Windows desktop with one or more auto-launched applications. Apps are launched for all users. You can pick from UWP applications, common web browsers, or any custom applications you want.
The internet browsers provide the option of launching a specific URL, launching the browser in a full screen kiosk mode (no supported by Firefox), and an option launch the browser in private mode, ensuring no user state is saved from the browsing session. Additionally, there is the option of specifying a custom shell to launch. All shell replacements have the option of delaying the launch of the shell. This is useful for scenarios where the shell needs to wait for network connectivity before it is launched.
Reboot the device if there has been no mouse or keyboard input for a specified number of minutes. If "Do not restart on idle" is selected, the Lab Manager will make no changes to the device. If "Restart on idle for Autologin user" is selected, the device will reboot if the Autologin user is signed in and that session has not had any mouse or keyboard input for the specified number of minutes. If "Restart on idle for all users" is selected, the device will restart if any user has logged in and left the mouse and keyboard idle for the specified number of minutes.
Wipe files on reboot. There are a number of built-in options for deleting specific Autologin user folders, including Autologin Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Temp, and Videos. The Autologin user folder is determined at every login to the device, so the deletion should be immune to any user profile issues. There is also the option of providing a custom path to delete on reboot. Wildcards are accepted when specifying a custom location. If no files or folders have been added, this feature will not make changes to the device.
Set up an invalid proxy for all websites except those in the white list. This feature will work for default installations of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. A Pearson profile is provided for quickly adding all of the Pearson testing URLs. Custom URLs can be added as well, and wildcards are available when specifying URLs. When a user attempts to access a web page that is not on the white list, they will receive a message stating that the proxy server is not responding. If Enable URL Whitelist is unchecked, this feature will not make changes to the device.
Prevent particular keys from functioning for all users of the system. This is particularly useful when replacing the shell as a way of denying access to the Control + Alt + Delete screen. When a key is disabled, it is filtered at the driver level. If no key shave been added to the list. this feature will not make any changes to the device.
Control the master volume level of a device. This is useful in testing scenarios to avoid distractions during a test, or in kiosk scenarios to make sure users can hear the device. This volume level is applied for any user that signs in to the device.
The Apply Profile Menu allows users to select a profile for deployment.
Once a profile has been selected, users can either deploy a profile immediately or schedule a future deployment date.
- Once a profile has been deployed, the following dialogue box will show the status of the deployment:
The Applied Profile Status Tool shows which profiles have been applied.
The Remove Profile Status Tool allows users to immediately remove deployed Kiosk Manager Profiles or set a scheduled removal date.
The Scheduled Tasks Tool shows which Kiosk Manager Profiles are scheduled for deployment.
The Scheduled Tasks Results Tool shows the status (Successful or Unsuccessful) of each previously applied Kiosk Manager Profile.
This feature is available to Enterprise customers. Learn more about Kiosk Manager here.