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I followed these instructions for esxi 5.1 to enable copy paste from the host config. (search for "To enable this option for all the virtual machines in the ESX/ESXi host:") http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1026437

But copy and paste doesn't work for new VMs or existing VMs.

Did I do something wrong somewhere?

I've rebooted VMs and even rebooted host. I can confirm that if I do a per VM configuration, it works. Just not a central host config.

Here is a screenshot of my /etc/vmware/config file

config screenshot

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I noticed you don't have the vmx.fullpath property in your config file and you have blank line. Try changing your config file to match this one: http://www.ryanbelanger.com/vmware-esxi-copy-paste/

Then reboot a VM and test the settings.

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Thx @JamesBarnett, haven't had a chance to try this yet. What is the vmx.fullpath property supposed to do? I can't seem to turn up documentation on this? –  w-- Jan 10 '13 at 6:40
    
unfortunately, this did not work. =( –  w-- Jan 12 '13 at 6:14
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You must add:

isolation.tools.copy.disable = "FALSE"
isolation.tools.paste.disable = "FALSE"

to virtual machine configuration file (*.vmx). In my case this file is placed in:

/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/MyVmMachine/MyVmMachine.vmx

After editing this file and add two lines provided above copy paste works perfectly!

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this question relates to enabling from the host config, not each individual VM comfig. –  w-- Jun 27 '13 at 20:54
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