Copy and Paste in vSphere

 

Some days ago I upgraded a vSphere 4.0 customer infrastructure to vSphere 5.1.

Everything went smoothly. After a few days, the customer called me complaining that he could no longer do the copy paste from her pc.

Starting with vSphere 4.1, the Copy and Paste options are, by default, disabled due to security concerns.

I remember that it was possible to enable this option for a specific virtual machine.

After reading the KB I found that now is also possible to enable this option for all the virtual machines in the ESX/ESXi host.

To do this you need to SSH access to the host and add these entries to the file /etc/vmware/config 

vmx.fullpath = "/bin/vmx"
isolation.tools.copy.disable="FALSE"
isolation.tools.paste.disable="FALSE"

Shutdown and power-on the virtual machine for changes to take effect.

This is the link to the VMware KB http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1026437

 

About Francesco

I'm working as a Solution Architect, Sr. System Engineer, Virtualization Specialist at RTC S.p.A. where I'm mainly focused in the design, implementation and support of the virtual infrastructures. My skills include storage, network, firewall, backup and disaster recovery.

Over the last 10 years I have gained experience as Network and System Administrator, on Microsoft and Linux. I have a good knowledge of mail servers like Microsoft Exchange and VMware Zimbra in addition to firewalls like Fortinet Fortigate, pfSense and ISA Server.

I have achieved some certifications in this years, some of them are, VMware VCP3, VCP4, VCP5, Microsoft MCSA 2003 Exchange, Microsoft MCTS, Veeam VMTSP and Backup Accademy.

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