Posts Tagged ‘RDP’

Reset Password in a Remote Desktop Connection

Friday, May 11th, 2012

As a portal consultant, I’m often working on client servers using a domain account, and my local machine isn’t on the domain since I’m VPN’ing in remotely. But I need to change my passwords occasionally and can’t just use CTRL-ALT-DEL for that, since that key combination gets sent to my desktop.

To send CTRL-ALT-DEL to a remote desktop via RDP (Windows Remote Desktop), use CTRL-ALT-END in a Remote Desktop session to get the familiar password change dialog:

Fun fact: CTRL-ALT-DELETE is a Secure Attention Key, which basically means that unlike any other keystroke combination you can do (which applications, and therefore other malware, can intercept), it’s a special combination that only the OS is allowed to interact with.

Run explorer.exe if Remote Desktop Doesn’t Work

Monday, June 20th, 2011

If you’re using Windows for your WebCenter platform, you no doubt use Remote Desktop to RDP into the servers every now and then to run updates and diagnose issues.  Sometimes, though, you just get a blank window:

Strange right?  Well, for this particular anomaly, there’s no need to call up IT to reboot the stubborn box.  Just run explorer.exe under the “Programs” tab in the Remote Desktop Connection properties window:

Boom! – system tray is back: