VMWare, how to enable copy&paste from console

by luca
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Starting from VSphere 4.1, the copy&paste options in virtual machines’ consoles are disabled by default.

You can enable the clipboard:

  • for a single virtual machine;
  • for all the VM running on a given ESXi host.

Single VM

Shut down the VM, then select Edit Settings…

Choose the Options tab, select Advanced – General and click Configuration Parameters…

Add the following two parameters, both with false value:


  • isolation.tools.copy.disable
  • isolation.tools.paste.disable


Host ESXi

Connect to the host via SSH (you may need to enable the SSH service in the Security Profile setting of the host):

Edit the file /etc/vmware/config and add the following lines:


Save the file.

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