If you remove a virtual machine or template from a host, but do not remove it from the host’s datastore, you can return it to the host's inventory by using the Datastore Browser.


  1. In the vSphere Client, navigate to Home > Inventory > Datastores and Datastore Clusters.
  2. Right-click the datastore and select Browse Datastore.
  3. Navigate to the virtual machine or template folder to add to the inventory.
  4. Right-click the virtual machine or template .vmx file and select Add to Inventory.
  5. Complete the Add to Inventory wizard to add the virtual machine or template.