I have tested the VM to physical scenario and the screen blanking does work as expected on the physical machine.
Do you have any insight on why I get a blank screen upon initial connection, where the local machine is waiting for the Windows login prompt?
To clarify, I initiate a session to the remote host. The remote host turns to a blank screen (per the connection settings), but the NoMachine client also has a blank screen. If I disconnect, I see that the remote machine is waiting for the initial Windows CTRL+ALT+DEL to login message.
Is there a way around this so that users can pass a CTRL+ALT+DEL signal through the player, to the remote host, and then login to Windows with their own credentials?