You can remove a managed host from vCenter Server to stop vCenter Server from monitoring and managing that host.

If possible, remove managed hosts while they are connected. Removing a disconnected managed host does not remove the vCenter Server agent from the managed host.


Verify that NFS mounts are active. If NFS mounts are unresponsive, the operation fails.

Required privilege: Host.Configuration.Maintenance


  1. In the vSphere Web Client client, navigate to the host in the vSphere inventory.
  2. (Optional) If the host is part of a cluster, you must put it in maintenance mode.
    1. Right-click the managed host and select Enter Maintenance Mode.
      All virtual machines on the host must be powered off so that the host can enter maintenance mode.

      If the host is inside a DRS-enabled cluster, DRS attempts to automatically evacuate powered-on virtual machines from the host by using vMotion.

    2. In the confirmation dialog box, click Yes.
      The host icon changes and a maintenance mode designation is appended to the name in parentheses.
  3. Right-click the host and select All vCenter Actions > Remove from Inventory.
  4. In the confirmation dialog box that appears, click Yes to remove the managed host.


vCenter Server removes the managed host and its virtual machines from the inventory. vCenter Server then frees the amount of license capacity that was allocated for the host. The host retains its assigned license key.