ESX/ESXi

- Remove virtual machine from inventory

- Download the vmx file from datastore to local drive

- Delete vmx file from datastore

- Edit the vmx file with configuration settings :

remove lines begins with (N is the number of the network adapter)

ethernetN.generatedAddress
ethernetN.addressType
ethernetN.generatedAddressOffset

add

ethernetN.address = "00:50:56:XX:YY:ZZ" ethernetN.addressType="static"

- Upload the new vmx file to datastore - Register the vmx file with ESX server

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:

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


 3.  Save and close the file.

The Copy and Paste options are only enabled when the virtual machines restart or resume the next time or shutdown and power-on the VM for changes to take effect
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.

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