How to set up MAWI in a Virtual Machine environment

How to set up MAWI in a Virtual Machine environment

How MAWi on a Virtual Machines can add more power to your Digital Signage system

A great option for MAWi Digital Signage System is the possibility to work on a virtual Machine Infrastructure.
No longer it´s required to install a standalone physical machine to control your digital signage displays. In this approach, the zero clients or MAWi Players will connect to the virtual machine over the existing LAN and everything will be controlled by the MAWi Application.

            The benefits of installing MAWi on a Virtual Machine


You can control more than 20 screens installed on your network

Simply by adding more virtual machines, you can connect any number of screens on your network!


When using a physical PC, you can’t use the operating system’s capability to lock up the system and you need to use a workaround to lock the workstation. With a virtual machine, the main server can be locked up while the VM keeps on running in the background.

Better stability

With virtual machines there are almost no hardware incompatibilities so fewer issues can occur. Also, a clone machine can be easily created to enable a quick redundancy of the system.


If you would like to have 5 screens controlled by one employee in your company and another set of 5 screens controlled by a different employee, it’s very easy to implement. Simply divide the screens into two virtual machines and give each employee an access to his private VM.

             Plan your installation on the virtual configuration

Operating systems

Currently the guest virtual machines can be installed only with the following operating systems:

Windows8.1, Windows10/11 or Windows Server 2012 R2, Server 2016, Server 2019

Supported Hypervisors 

Our solution can be implemented on VMWARE’s platform, Microsoft’s Hyper-V, Parallels and Oracle’s VirtualBox.

System resources for the guest virtual machine

Planning the system resources assigned to the guest virtual machine is an essential step and we advise that you make use of our System Configuration Guide.


The recommend resources is related to :

– Number of screens that you connect.

– Type of content.

Minimum requirements:


– 4 logical cores


– 128MB RAM for the virtual display adapter


Network Settings

  1. Static MAC address is required (for licensing purposes).
  2. Set the virtual network adapter as Bridged with a physical NIC. (VMware)


Known issues when using Monitors AnyWhere on VM configuration:

From our customers experience, when the OSBASE driver is installed on the VM it is very difficult to access the machine via the vSphere console. It’s a known issue of VMWARE as it’s related to their Keyboard and Mouse integration when the virtual machine is using the Extended Desktop mode.

On Virtualbox there is no such issue.


Workaround for this issue

Use a remote control application to control the VM properly. The application must be able to remote the console session of the VM (not Remote Desktop Protocol). Tested and working remote control applications: TeamViewer, VNC, Radmin, Netsupport Manager, AnyDesk, Dameware