VMware View 5 – Configure and Deploy Clients in ‘Kiosk Mode’


KB ID 0000610 Dtd 01/06/12


Kiosk mode is quite useful, if you have some machines that you want to put in a public area for visitors to use, or for machines that are used in displays etc. Or if you have some older PC's that you just want to repurpose as internet terminals or 'point of sale' box's.

Essentially it's a system that delivers a virtual VMware View desktop to a PC or Thin client without the need to authenticate to the connection server. Kiosk authentication is disabled by default, so you need to run a few commands to get it enabled.


Before starting you will need a Virtual Machine ready to be used for the Kiosk machine. You might want to create this machine with a "nonpersistent" disk.

Configure Windows 7 to be a VMware View Desktop

Step 1: Prepare Active Directory

1. Set yourself up an OU to hold your kiosk machine, and a security group that will contain the user account you are going to create later.

Kiosk OU and Security Group

Step 2: Configure the VMware Connection Server

2. Now log into your VMware Connection Server, open a command window with elevated privileges. then issue the following command;

vdmadmin -Q -clientauth -setdefaults -ou "OU=Kiosk,OU=ViewDesktops,DC=petenetlive,DC=com" -noexpirepassword -group kioskusers

Note: where kioskusers is the name of the group you created.

Kiosk Mode set Default Group

3. Now I will create a user 'custom-kiosk-user' with a password of 'Password123', and put him in the OU and group we created earlier;

vdmadmin -Q -clientauth -add -domain petenetlive -clientid custom-kiosk-user -password "Password123" -ou "OU=Kiosk,OU=ViewDesktops,DC=petenetlive,DC=com" -group kioskusers -description "Kiosk Terminal"

Kiosk Mode Create a User and Password

Note: Alternatively you can create a user that matches the MAC address of the client machine and auto generate a password like so, (this assumes the thin client or PC's MAC addresses is 3C:4A:92:D3:12:1C).

4. Then allow this connection server to accept kiosk connections with the following command;

vdmadmin -Q -enable -s PNL-CS

Note: Where PNL-CS is the name of my VMware Connection Server.

Enable Connection server for Kiosk Mode

5. You can view the settings configured on this connection server with the following command;

vdmadmin -Q -clientauth -list

View Kiosk Mode Settings

6. While still on your connection server open VMware View Administrator, and create a 'Pool' for your Kiosk machine.

Kiosk Pool Creation

7. Manual Pool > Next.

Kiosk Manual Pool

8. Dedicated > Next.

Kiosk Dedicated Pool

9. vCenter virtual Machines > Next.

Kiosk Mode vCenter

10. Next.

View Kiosk

11. Give the pool an ID and Display name > Next.

Kiosk Pool ID

12. Select the machine you are using as the source for the Kiosk machine > Next.

VMware Kiosk Source VM

13. When the pool is created > Entitlements.

Kiosk Entitlements

14. Add in the group that you created in step 1 > OK.


15. Just check on the 'desktops' tab and make sure the machine is listed as 'available'.

Pool Available

Step 3: Connect to the Kiosk Machine

16. Now from your client machine or thin client, you can execute the following command to open the kiosk session.

c:program filesvmwarevmware viewclientbinwswc" -unattended -serverURL PNL-CS -userName custom-kiosk-user -password "Password123"

Note: In a live environment you may want to make the host machine or thin client automatically log on and put this command in the 'startup' folder, or call it from a startup/logon script so the machine will boot straight into the kiosk virtual machine.

Launch Kiosk Mode

17. All being well you should be presented with the kiosk VM machine, note you no longer get the normal VMware View tool bar etc, it will behave as if the machine is in front of you.

Connected to Kiosk

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