Remove a managed host from vCenter Server to stop all vCenter Server monitoring and management of 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.


Make sure NFS mounts are active. If NFS mounts are unresponsive, the operation fails.


  1. From the vSphere Client connected to a vCenter Server system, display the inventory.
  2. (Optional) If the host is part of a cluster, you must put it in maintenance mode.
    1. Right-click the managed host in the inventory and select Enter Maintenance Mode from the pop-up menu.
    2. On the confirmation dialog, click Yes.
      The host icon changes and the term “maintenance mode” is added to the name in parentheses.
  3. Right-click the appropriate host in the inventory panel, and select Remove from the pop-up menu.
  4. In the confirmation dialog that appears, click Yes to remove the managed host.
    vCenter Server removes the managed host and associated virtual machines from the vCenter Server environment. vCenter Server then returns the status of all associated processor and migration licenses to available.