Fix character echo in remote VMs (Repeated characters when typing in remote console)
Posted by Mike Kirk on 04 December 2017 04:34 PM

Repeated characters when typing in remote console (196)
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When typing into a remote console, you see unintended repeated keystrokes.
If you are using a wide-area or low-bandwidth connection, the time delay over the network may be long enough to cause the virtual machine to start auto-repeat.

To reduce these effects, increase the time threshold necessary for auto-repeat in the remote console.

Power off the virtual machine.
Add a line, similar to this, at the end of your virtual machine's configuration (.vmx) file:

keyboard.typematicMinDelay = "2000000"

The delay is specified in micro-seconds, so the line in the example above increases the repeat time to 2 seconds. This should ensure that you never get auto-repeat unless you intend it.

Power on the virtual machine.
To make the changes using the vSphere Client:
Power off the virtual machine
Right click virtual machine select Edit Settings
Click Options > General > Configuration Parameters
Click Add Row
Under Name enter keyboard.typematicMinDelay In the Value field 2000000
Click OK
Power on the virtual machine
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