I'm getting used to Server Core and I know at some point I am going to type "Exit" in the command window while connected through a remote desktop session.

I know that if this is done while connected to the local console, you can press Ctl-Alt-Del to bring up the Task Manager and select New Task and run CMD.EXE to get the Command Window back.

However, you can't press CTRL-ALT-DEL in an RDP session.

So before I make this mistake I thought I would find out what happens and how I go about getting a Command Window back.



ctrl+shift+esc brings up the task manager directly. You can launch it from there.

Alternatively, ctrl+alt+end will send a ctrl+alt+del to the RDP session if you want to take the long way.

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  • Did not know that one. Good to know. I feel like I'm a 1000 years behind on keyboard shortcuts... – Holocryptic Feb 25 '11 at 21:18
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    Unusual situation, but I was super stuck and wanted to share: If you have a server core RDP inside of a regular server RDP (e.g., you're using a bastion host) and you can't make the outside RDP fullscreen, make the core RDP fullscreen, then bring up the onscreen keyboard in the regular RDP and then try these commands. – AlannaRose Apr 15 '15 at 0:24

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