ChromeOS devices can be managed remotely from a single dashboard using Google Chrome device management. This requires a Chrome kiosk license per device. If you have not purchased such licenses before, please read the other ChromeOS chapter to see what the options are.
If you decide to roll your own Chrome device management, then read this chapter to find our how to setup your environment so that the Playr app gets installed automatically on your ChromeOS devices.
The description that follows is the simplest setup for running the Playr app in kiosk mode on ChromeOS devices that are enrolled by an organization that does not already use Chrome Device Management. When Device Management is already in use, it is better to use a more complex setup using user groups and more advanced Device Settings and App Management. This is beyond the scope of this help document.
It is useful but not necessary to have a user account that is used specifically to install the Chrome devices. This is used to log into the Chrome device after Ctrl + Alt + E has been pressed. New users are set up using the Users option from the Admin console. If you do not create a new user for this purpose you can use any of the existing users when setting up a ChromeOS device.
If the device has been logged onto even once, you will need to wipe (reset) it first before proceeding. The installation procedure below will not work otherwise.
After configuring device management on Chrome you enroll a pristine ChromeOS device into Chrome as follows:
We recommend using a wired network connection, whenever possible.
On your Chrome dashboard, you can keep track of the number of enrolled devices and you can zoom in to view the device details:
Since nearly all settings of a specific ChromeOS device can be set from the Device Management dashboard it is very unlikely that settings need to be changed on the device itself. Should that be necessary it is still possible to do that, do the following:
If you have checked the Permanently keep this device in kiosk mode checkbox on the settings on the device or in the Device Management dashboard it is impossible to interupt the Chromebox from starting up to the Playr app with Ctrl + Alt + S. You will need to wipe (reset) the Chromebox before you can access it again.