With offline smart card authentication, users can log in to a local desktop with a smart card when the desktop is not connected to View Connection Server.

To use offline smart card authentication, users must use the same authentication method that they used to authenticate to View Connection Server the last time they logged in. For example, if a user logged in with smart card A, logged in again with password authentication, and then logged in a final time with smart card B, the user must use smart card B to authenticate with offline smart card authentication.

The most recent value of the smart card removal policy is enforced during offline smart card authentication. The smart card removal policy determines whether users must reauthenticate to gain access to their desktops after removing their smart cards. If the policy is set to disconnect user sessions on smart card removal, when users remove a smart card, the guest operating system in the View desktop is locked. The View Client window remains open, and users can select Options > Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete to log in again. The smart card removal policy is a View Connection Server setting.