I'm hoping that the answer to this is fairly simple. We're running AEM 6.1 SP1 with smart card authentication for our authors and want to disable the login screen altogether. Is there a simple way to accomplish that? The caveat is that for admin purposes I still need to be able to login with user Id and password when I RDP into the author server itself. I've read that I can copy the /libs/granite/core/content/login structure to /apps, then replace it but I'm not certain that's the best way to approach the problem. Is there a better way to accomplish what I'm trying to do?
I believe you're talking about disabling the login screen for the author environment so those authoring content can simply authenticate with a smart card, so I'm moving this to the general platform topic.
AEM Communities sets up login for a published community site when using the site creation wizard, and when smart card authorization happens the session cookie is saved.