"Failed to paste" error is returned when attempting to copy and paste an OLE DB connection object into a file system directory.
This is a known issue.
Solution or Workaround
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to the 'c:\winnt\profiles\<user name>\Application Data\ESRI\ArcCatalog' directory (where <user name> represents the login name of the user whose connection file you wish to copy).
- Use the operating system functionality to copy and paste the OLE DB connection (.odc) file.