Removing hosts from the VMware Cloud Foundation inventory is called decommissioning. If you want to re-use a host in a different workload domain, you must decommission the host and re-image it up before adding it to the workload domain.

See VMware Configuration Maximums for information about the maximum number of hosts you can decommission at one time.


The hosts that you want to decommission must not be assigned to a workload domain. If a host is assigned to a workload domain, you must remove it before you can decommission it. See Remove a Host from a vSphere Cluster in a Workload Domain.


  1. On the SDDC Manager Dashboard, click Inventory > Hosts.
  2. Click Unassigned Hosts.
  3. In the hosts table, select the host(s) you want to decommission.
  4. Click Decommission Selected Hosts.
  5. Click Confirm.
    The Hosts page appears and the status of the decommission task is displayed. Click View Status in Task to display the task bar.

What to do next

Re-image the decommissioned host before adding it to a workload domain.