Removing an object from the inventory discontinues the management of the object by vCenter Server.

When you remove an object (such as a folder, datacenter, cluster, or resource pool) from the inventory, vCenter Server does the following:

Removes all of the object’s child inventory objects.

Removes all the tasks and alarms associated with the object.

Returns all processor and migration licenses assigned to the object to available status.

If the object is a host, ceases to manage the object’s virtual machines, but allows them to remain on the host.


Removing a virtual machine from the inventory does not delete it from its datastore.


From the vSphere Client, right-click the object and select Remove.


In the confirmation dialog box that appears, confirm that you want to remove the object.