Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete to Terminal Services Client

Your answer is Ctrl-Alt-End.

Have fun!

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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20 comments on “Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete to Terminal Services Client
  1. Simon says:

    yeah, this is like vmware, you have to use ctrl-alt-insert

  2. Rev_subgenius says:

    You’re pretty hot.

  3. stan morsky says:

    holy google! this is the third time in like a week i was randomly searching for an answer to a tech problem and my first hit was your blog. very impressive!!! as a fellow louisianian i say good job!!!

  4. David says:

    Samir , THANKS A LOT, i was stuck with this and didn´t know what to do.

    You're a real saint

  5. Striking7 says:

    Thanks – the ctrl+alt+insert left by a commenter helped me out with my vmware infrastrucure issue.

  6. Nathan says:

    Oh god I love you, saved my arse tonight.


  7. meds says:

    i't will agreat if I can implement this code. thanks for the code, iI want test on my server.

  8. Nullstring says:

    Not sure why its not working on my RDP Client (Windows XP’s Remote Desktop Connection)

  9. Jeremy says:

    Doesn’t seem to work on VMware Server 2.0’s web based client (which seems to be a Firefox extension). To make matters worse, it doesn’t even have a Ctrl+Alt+Delete menu option.

  10. Luke says:

    What if there are two hops involved (ie PC -> TS1 -> TS2)? Is there any way of sending ctrl+alt+delete to TS2?

  11. PFoFF says:

    On Vmware 2.+ try

  12. PFoFF says:


  13. NARI says:

    actually there is a way to do this [email protected]!

    first curly you are def cute !

    ok the first thing i had to consider before answering this question was which software i was using to get into the pc i was trying to restart… this took a min because on this macbook i have 3 vmware parallels and also cord…

    i wanted to find a way that would let me control the restart ie shutdown process completly…

    go to command prompt and run the standard

    shutdown -i

    this will allow you to choose how you want the pc to shutdown…

    great when you need to kill your media server in the closet :)

    hope this ends the discussion on this but alas if we could pick up another one …



  14. KaraK says:

    geek power!
    you are smoking hot !!

    i did it woth ctrl+alt+end
    hope its useful to anyone…

  15. downforce says:

    Well I have to say (as many others have) – really useful tips. I locked a terminal session today and would have needed to reboot the production server if it wasn’t for ctrl-alt-enter which I found here. Thanks from UK.

  16. Fred says:

    I’m using an iMac with an apple wireless keyboard which doesn’t have a lot of the keys mentioned in the posts above but I did figure out that Ctrl-Alt-Fn-Delete provides the ctrl alt del functionality when using CoRD.

    Hope this helps someone.

  17. Julian says:

    Thx, I’ve been searching for it only for about 30sec :)

  18. JasonQ says:

    Ctrl-Alt-End for Remote Desktop

  19. Dave in MA says:

    ctrl-alt-end ftw!

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