I have an Ubuntu VM in an instance of VMware ESXi 6.7.0. I am using Chrome to access the VM console in the HTML interface of VMware ESXi. (I do not have SSH access to the VM.)

I would like to copy/paste from my Windows PC to the VM console window. I found an article describing how to enable copy/paste, so I followed the steps.

As you can see, I have VMware Tools installed on the VM: enter image description here

I also added the isolation.tools.copy.disable, isolation.tools.paste.disable, and isolation.tools.setGUIOptions.enable configuration parameters to the Advanced settings of the VM: enter image description here

After I powered on the VM and copied some text in Windows, I do not have the option to paste in the VM console window: enter image description here

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    You need to use the VMRC to connect to the VM console, not the browser console.
    – joeqwerty
    Oct 7, 2020 at 1:11
  • I guess there's no way to copy/paste in the browser console? Oct 7, 2020 at 1:38
  • What does the article say?
    – joeqwerty
    Oct 7, 2020 at 2:26
  • It makes no mention of whether or not it is possible to copy/paste in the browser console. Oct 7, 2020 at 3:49
  • Yes, that's my point. You need to use the VMRC.
    – joeqwerty
    Oct 7, 2020 at 15:44

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The HTML console is not meant for getting any real work done, it is more suited for checking if a VM has stalled, or is stuck in some reboot loop.

For functionality like copy and paste to work, you need to use either the VMware Remote Console (VMRC) or VMware Workstation Pro, which includes VMRC functionality.

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