Synergy - Send CTRL+ALT+DEL to Client

2014, Jan 02    

I’m mostly posting this here for ease of finding it in the future.  It seems like most people prefer to disable CTRL+ALT+DEL instead of actually allowing the Synergy service to initiate the Secure Attention Sequence (aka: CTRL+ALT+DEL).

Since the location of the Policy setting changes from Win7 to Win8, I’m going to tell you how to search/filter for it.  From the client, follow these steps:

  1. Lauch Local Group Policy Editor
    (Run: gpedit.msc)
  2. Browse to: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > All Settings
  3. Click Action > Filter Options, from the Main Menu.
  4. Check the box to Enable Keyword Filters.
  5. Filter for the word:  Ease
  6. Click: OK

The only (as of the time of this writing) policy that should show up is Disable or enable software Secure Attention Sequence.  Edit the policy and ensure the settings are:

  • Enabled
  • Options: Services
    (Note:  Services and Ease of Access applications will also work.)

Once you click Apply, the settings will take affect.  Press CTRL+ALT+PAUSE/BREAK to initiate the Secure Attention Sequence on the client.