Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete to Terminal Services Client

Your answer is Ctrl-Alt-End.

Have fun!

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. 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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