KB ID 0001183 Dtd 11/05/16
Colleague: Server 21o2 R2, Where’s Windows Security gone?
Colleague: Windows Security!
Me: What are you trying to do?
Colleague: I want to change my password and I can’t send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete to the remote server.
Well I know that pressing Crtl+Alt+Delete would let you change you password like so;
I wasn’t aware that in Server 2008 and earlier if you were connected via RDP you got a ‘Windows Security’ option that let you do the same, like so;
This is because if you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete it will execute on YOUR machine not the remote one. But this option is not included in Windows 2012 any more.
Well you can just normally use Ctrl+Alt+END while in an RDP session. But like me, my colleague was using a Mac and we don’t have an END key!
Mac OSX Sent a Ctrl+Alt+END Sequence
If you’re RDP connected from OSX then use Ctrl+Alt+Fn+Backspace
If you’re RDP connected using a Mac Keyboard, or from a VM session on your Mac (i.e. from a VMware Fusion Windows Machine), then use Ctrl+Alt+Fn+Right-Arrow.
From within the RDP session, launch the on-screen keyboard, (Start > Run > osk). Then Press Ctrl+Alt on your physical keyboard, and click the delete key on the on-screen keyboard with your mouse cursor like so;
Server 2012 – I want the Windows Security Shortcut back!
Well if you still have older servers you can get a copy of the shortcut;
And copy it to the newer server
Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application") objShell.WindowsSecurity
Note: If you have a bunch of 2012 R2 RDP servers you wanted to roll this out to, you can set it up on your administrative account, capture your start menu to an XML file, and then distribute that start menu to all your users via group policy, (not available with server 2012 or earlier).
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