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The omission of a control + alt + delete GUI option in VMWare Server 2.x has been well lamented by many people on the internet. It seems like the keyboard combination for this varies depending on your keyboard layout and possibly other factors, and this is further complicated by introducing additional variables such as X11 forwarding and Mac laptop keyboard layouts, the former which is necessary in conjunction with a Linux-based computer to utilize the VMWare 2 console on a Mac (that or a Windows-based VM).

After a great deal of experimentation and, truthfully, blindly pressing random keys, I finally found the working combo!

The omission of a control + alt + delete GUI option in VMWare Server 2.x has been well lamented by many people on the internet. It seems like the keyboard combination for this varies depending on your keyboard layout and possibly other factors, and this is further complicated by introducing additional variables such as X11 forwarding and Mac laptop keyboard layouts, the former which is necessary in conjunction with a Linux-based computer to utilize the VMWare 2 console on a Mac (that or a Windows-based VM).

After a great deal of experimentation and, truthfully, blindly pressing random keys, I finally found the working combo!

function (fn) + control + apple/command + delete

Pretty goofy, I don’t know what keyboard toggle the function (fn) key is performing, but it works!