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Ever since ESX 4.1 this feature has been disabled, VMware say in their own documentation:
Source (Page 215 – ESX Configuration Guide ESX 4.1 vCenter Server 4.1).
To turn this feature back ON you have a few choices.
Please be aware: We are talking about copy and pasting TEXT to and from a guest VM NOT files and folders.
Option 1 (Enable Copy and Paste on an individual Guest machine)
Using Web Client1.
Firstly, you need to shut the virtual machine down > Right Click it > Edit Settings > VMware Option Tab > Advanced > Edit configuration > Add in the following;
Name: isolation.tools.copy.disable, Value: false
Name: isolation.tools.paste.disable, Value: false
OK > OK > Power on VM
Using VMware Client
1. Firstly, you need to shut the virtual machine down > Right Click it > Edit Settings > Option Tab > Advanced > General > Configuration Parameters.
2. Select “Add Row” and add the following two options:
Set both these values to FALSE > OK > OK > Power the VM back on again.
Option 2 (Enable Copy and Paste on an individual Guest machine)
1. You can also achieve the same as above by directly editing the .vmx file for the virtual machine, Add the following two values as shown below:
Note: This procedure will be removed/reset after an ESX upgrade. (You will need to carry out this procedure again post upgrade).
2. Press i to insert text and paste in the following two lines:
Press Escape > then type :wq to save the changes.
Additional Steps for Linux / Ubuntu to allow Copy and Paste
1. Assuming you have the VMware tools installed in your Linux guest VM, if not execute the following command:
To enable copy paste on the guest execute the following command:
One the VMware tools properties page pops up you will be able to copy and paste.
Enabling Copy and Paste in VMware Workstation
Out of the box, this functionality is switched on. However if you lose it then open the virtual machines settings > Options tab > Guest Isolation > Enable the Copy and paste option.
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