Note to myself: How to perform a CTRL+ALT+DEL inside an Azure Virtual Machine?

Posted: June 13, 2018  |  Categories: Azure

This post is just for sake of my mental sanity because I’m always forgetting the keystroke combination to perform a CTRL-ALT-DEL thru Remote Desktop on an Azure Virtual Machine because if you press a CTRL-ALT-DEL key combination it will perform that command in your local machine – maybe now next time I will remember it, otherwise I know were to look.

To bring up the Windows Security dialog box for the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) (provides the same functionality as pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL on the local computer) you need to use the following keystroke combination: CTRL + ALT + END.

CTRL + ALT + DEL becomes CTRL + ALT + END

While researching, once again, I found out another very useful shortcut:

  • ALT+PRINT SCREEN will place a snapshot of the active window, within the client, on the clipboard

To know more about other possible shortcuts please see Remote Desktop Services Shortcut Keys

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Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

5 thoughts on “Note to myself: How to perform a CTRL+ALT+DEL inside an Azure Virtual Machine?”

  1. saved me logging a support ticket for my server when explorer crashed, I knew it must be possible, thanks for sharing, your post was top of the duckduckgo when I searched for the solution 🙂

  2. I highly recommend installing Microsoft PowerToys on the cloud pc as well. You can remap keys for helpful shortcuts such as Alt+Tab or Win+V that normally would not work in a cloud PC, as those shortcuts will trigger on the local machine otherwise. Be sure to request permission from your admin to install if needed!

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