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Reference Cards for vSphere 4.x und 5.x


Some time ago I´ve found some reference cards for vSphere 4.x and 5.x from Forbes Guthrie (

They are quite helpful and Forbes has released them under CC License.

Here are the links to the reference cards:

vSphere 4

vSphere 5

Connection & Ports in ESX/ESXi

How to enable Clipboard Copy and Paste in vSphere Client 4.1 and later


To be able to copy and paste between the guest operating system and the remote console, you must enable the Copy and Paste options using the vSphere Client.

To enable this option for a specific virtual machine:

1. Log into a vCenter Server system using the vSphere Client and power off the virtual machine.

2. Select the virtual machine and click the Summary tab.

3. Click Edit Settings.

4. Navigate to Options > Advanced > General and click Configuration Parameters.

5. Click Add Row.

6. Type these values in the Name and Value columns:

  • – false
  • – false

7. Click OK to close the Configuration Parameters dialog, and click OK again to close the Virtual Machine Properties dialog.

8. Power On the virtual machine.

Note: If you vMotion a virtual machine to a host where the*=”FALSE” is already set, the copy and paste options are automatically activated for that virtual machine.

To enable this option for all the virtual machines in the ESX/ESXi host:

1. Log in to the ESX/ESXi host as a root user and open the /etc/vmware/config file using a text editor.

2. Add these entries to the file:


3. Save and close the file.

The Copy and Paste options are only enabled when the virtual machines restart or resume the next time.

Note: These options do not persist after an upgrade. If you upgrade to a newer version after enabling these options, the changes are lost and you may have to re-enable them.

For more information, see the Limiting Exposure of Sensitive Data Copied to the Clipboard section of the ESX Configuration Guide.



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