If you remove a virtual machine or template from a host, but do not remove it from the host’s datastore, you can return it to the host's inventory by using the Datastore Browser.

1

In the vSphere Client, navigate to Home > Inventory > Datastores and Datastore Clusters.

2

Right-click the datastore and select Browse Datastore.

3

Navigate to the virtual machine or template folder to add to the inventory.

4

Right-click the virtual machine or template .vmx file and select Add to Inventory.

5

Complete the Add to Inventory wizard to add the virtual machine or template.