Archive for September, 2013


How to hit Control Alt Delete over remote desktop

This silly  Windows Security Prompt asking “I want to complete this action by entering my credentials on the authentic Windows logon screen” or “I don’t want to complete this action”, came up because of a UAC setting.  If you choose to enter your credentials, it’ll tell you to “CTRL ALT DEL to enter your details”.

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Well how do you do that if your using a remote desktop connection?  Hitting CTRL ALT DELETE will only work on your host windows machine, not the RDP connection.

The trick is to hit “CTRL ALT END”.


Further, the cause of this little nuisance is most likely this policy setting:

Computer Configuration–>Administrative Templates–>Windows Components–>Credential User Interface–>Require trusted path for credential entry

That policy should be set to “not configured” to do away with the prompt.


VMware: We don’t need no stinkin’ spell check

Recently I had to perform what I assume is normally a routine task with maintaining a VMware infrastructure, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever had to do it before.  The infrastructure in question is an old vSphere 4.1 cluster still holding out on a v5 upgrade for various reasons.

I was cleaning up some lun space and shuffling around vmdk’s looking to make a little room.  During this cleanup, I needed to rename one of my vmdk files.  That’s when I was awarded with this little gem:

“At the moment, vSphere Client does not support the renaming of virtual disks as the machines that use this disk may loose access to the disk.”

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Gee, I sure would hate to have machines “loose” access to a disk.