PowerCLI: Enabling Copy & Paste through VM Console

Ever wanted to copy and paste between your workstation and VM console window.

GUI way:

It’s a manual advanced configuration: Edit Settings… > Options > (Advanced) > General > Configuration Parameters…

I had to add:

  • isolation.tools.copy.disable
  • isolation.tools.paste.disable

Setting their values to False.


It appears the VM has to be powered off before the Configure Parameters… button is enabled. Not the case with PowerCLI, however the VM appears to need a reboot to actually enable the feature.

PowerCLI way:

For one VM:

For all VMs  in your estate:

If the setting already exists, you have the choice of using -Force parameter on the end of the above cmdlets or Set-AdvancedSetting.

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