Chromium/Chrome OS Autostart of Chrome Web Store App

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Sorry if this is a repeat, I only went two pages into community search, but I have a Chromium VM setup, and I'm trying to configure it to run the Chrome Rise Vision App on startup. I'm not able to see a way to do this, besides through purchasing a Chrome Management Console license, and this is also what Rise recommends on their risevision.com/player page.

Is this the only way? I'm very new to the Chrome/Chromium OS, and want to configure a test machine of sorts. Sorry again if this is a redundant question.
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HI there,

Maybe I am misunderstanding the question, but if you are just testing it out to work out the kinks, you can just leave it as a regular Chromebox environment, and install the Player that way to configure it the way you need it. 

You'll need to log into the box every time you use it, but you can install the Chrome App Player from the Chrome Web Store, and configure it the way you like...resolutions, testing capability, etc. All before purchasing your license.

Once you want to set it up to be a managed device that autostarts the player and is managed via your Chrome Management environment, then you can wipe it out and rebuild it in that fashion, but just to test it out, you can just use it as a regular Chromebox environment.

Does that help?
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Morning Robb,
Completely agree on the testing environment not necessarily needing the autostart at the beginning, but I don't need to do much testing with Rise.

Is it possible to setup the device to be managed, without having the management console? It sounds rather unlikely, but I'm just trying to fill a checkbox that it can be autostarted, and it's sounding like I'll need the license for this to occur?
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I'm not aware of a way to manage without a management license, so I think that may be your only option.

Thanks! 
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I'll chime in on this one. On a regular ChromeOS device you can manually put the device in Kiosk mode without it being managed. That said, you'll have nothing but pain, heartache and suffering. On Chromium you'll be unable to do this. Also, Chromium doesn't support Enterprise Device Enrollment so don't purchase a license thinking you'll be able to test it in a VM. 

Your best bet is a buy an actual Chrome device (they're cheap) and test using that either with a managed domain or setting it up manually as a Kiosk. Just don't use the manual kiosk in a production environment. 
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Appreciate the insight, that's what I've discovered up to this point and it's good to hear the confirmation on this. The chromium vm is simply a POC to see if I can get the Bluetooth beacon functionality up and running effectively enough alongside Rise and to understand any additional costs that a chrome box might have over a similarly priced NUC. It's sounding like the major cost difference will be in the annual license fee.

Is it possible to have loading of apps on boot, not in kiosk mode? The Bluetooth beacon functionality requires another app to run at the same time, and the signs currently don't have input devices attached so I'm not too worried about locking them down.
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Short answer: No, not really. Single App Kiosk mode is just that, a single app. The management console provides no functionality for background apps or anything of the sort. 

Longer answer: Sorta. If you're willing to download the RV Chrome App player and package it with the requisite Beacon API / Eddystone components you can effectively create one app that has both technologies. This is how Google would envision it working for you in a managed Chrome Device environment.