Removing a virtual machine from the inventory unregisters it from the host and vCenter Server, but does not delete it from the datastore. Virtual machine files remain at the same storage location and the virtual machine can be re-registered by using the datastore browser.

Power off the virtual machine.


Display the virtual machine in the inventory.


Right-click the virtual machine and select Remove from Inventory.


To confirm that you want to remove the virtual machine from the inventory, click OK.

vCenter Server removes references to the virtual machine and no longer tracks its condition.