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Here at Liquidstate, we have a home server running Windows 8.  It might seem like a simple thing, but today I drew a blank when trying to restart the server remotely from a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP).  If you try the normal routes, then the only option available to you is "Disconnect".

The solution turned out to be remarkably simple:  go to the desktop and press Alt+F4.

You will then be presented with options to:

  • Disconnect
  • Sign Out
  • Shutdown
  • Restart

Hopefully that helps someone else!

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Bryan Ross

Platform Engineering Manager at Sky TV, specialising in web-scale systems with a passion for devops, infrastructure-as-code and automation.

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