Clipboard Copy and Paste does not work in vSphere Client 4.1 and later (1026437)
- Cannot copy and paste from the virtual machine remote console to the system in which the vSphere client is installed
- The Copy and Paste options are disabled
Starting with vSphere 4.1, the Copy and Paste options are, by default, disabled due to security concerns.
To be able to copy and paste between the guest operating system and the remote console, you must enable the Copy and Paste options using the vSphere Client. Alternatively, you can use RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to connect to the Windows virtual machines.
To enable this option for a specific virtual machine:
Note: VMware Tools must be installed for Copy and Paste to work.
- Log in to a vCenter Server system using the vSphere Client and power off the virtual machine.
- Select the virtual machine and click the Summary tab.
- Click Edit Settings.
- Navigate to Options > Advanced > General and click Configuration Parameters.
- Click Add Row.
- Type these values in the Name and Value columns:
- Click OK to close the Configuration Parameters dialog, and click OK again to close the Virtual Machine Properties dialog.
- Power on the virtual machine.
Note: If you vMotion a virtual machine to a host where the
isolation.tools.*="FALSE" is already set, the copy and paste options are automatically activated for that virtual machine.
To enable this option for all the virtual machines in the ESX/ESXi host:
- Log in to the ESX/ESXi host as a root user.
- Take a backup of the /etc/vmware/config file.
- Open the
/etc/vmware/configfile using a text editor.
- Add these entries to the file:
vmx.fullpath = "/bin/vmx"
- Save and close the file.
The Copy and Paste options are only enabled when the virtual machines restart or resume the next time or shutdown and power-on the virtual machine for changes to take effect. This must be done on the virtual machine side, not the guest OS side.
Note: These options do not persist after the host upgrade. If you upgrade to a newer version after enabling these options, the changes are lost and you may have to re-enable them.
For more information, see the Limiting Exposure of Sensitive Data Copied to the Clipboard section of the ESX Configuration Guide.