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Ctrl Alt Del in nested remote desktop

29 Dec 2010, 13:37   Subscribe to Richies blog (RSS)

When using a windows remote-desktop session, the Control Alt Delete keyboard combination doesn't necessarily do what you expect. It will display the 'windows security' dialog in the PC you are running remote desktop in. What if you need to display it on the remote desktop PC?

To press ctrl alt del within the remote desktop, use ctrl alt end.

What about nested remote desktops? - e.g. a remote desktop within a remote desktop. In this case, pressing ctrl alt end always takes you to the first remote desktop session (i.e. the 'outer' session).
To get to the 'inner' session press shift ctrl alt end

Update (21 Feb 2012): In a VMWare client, ctrl alt end doesn't work, need to use ctrl alt insert.

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Joe posted this comment on 09 Sep 2011, 03:19    (Comment updated on: 07 Oct 2011, 16:59)    
Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank you! I really needed this.
Joe posted this comment on 09 Sep 2011, 03:52    (Comment updated on: 07 Oct 2011, 16:59)    
thanks, I really needed this
Daniel posted this comment on 11 Nov 2011, 10:05    (Comment updated on: 21 Feb 2012, 08:47)    
Sorry, for me it does not work. Nested RDP does not respond to shift ctrl alt end
KTM posted this comment on 14 Feb 2012, 14:56    (Comment updated on: 21 Feb 2012, 08:47)    
It is actually shift+CTRL+ALT+DEL. It worked from my laptop while connecting through RDP

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