You can delete any type of VMFS datastore, including copies that you have mounted without resignaturing. When you delete a datastore, it is destroyed and disappears from all hosts that have access to the datastore.

Before you begin

  • Remove or migrate all virtual machines from the datastore.

  • Make sure that no other host is accessing the datastore.

  • Disable Storage DRS for the datastore.

  • Disable Storage I/O control for the datastore.

  • Make sure that the datastore is not used for vSphere HA heartbeating.

  • Browse to Datastores in the vSphere Web Client navigator. See Display Datastore Information in the vSphere Web Client.

About this task

Note:

The datastore delete operation permanently deletes all files associated with virtual machines on the datastore. Although you can delete the datastore without unmounting, it is preferable that you unmount the datastore first.

Procedure

  1. Right-click the datastore to remove.
  2. Select All vCenter Actions > Delete Datastore.
  3. Confirm that you want to remove the datastore.