Disable Copy and Paste for a VM

June 23rd, 2010 by jason Leave a reply »

Security Tip: Disable Copy and Paste operations between the guest VM operating system and remote console by providing the following advanced parameters for the VM’s configuration (stored in the .vmx file):

isolation.tools.copy.disable = true
isolation.tools.paste.disable = true
isolation.tools.setGUIOptions.enable = false

Read more at: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vi35_security_hardening_wp.pdf

Update 11/30/10:  The disabling of copy/paste via the remote console is now the default out of box behavior as of vSphere 4.1 as a security hardening measure.

Update 8/18/15: VMware KB describing VM and host level configuration Clipboard Copy and Paste does not work in vSphere Client 4.1 and later (1026437)

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