Affinity or anti-affinity rules that apply to a virtual machine are not deleted when you remove the virtual machine from a datastore cluster.


When you remove a virtual machine from a datastore cluster, and that virtual machine is subject to an affinity or anti-affinity rule in a datastore cluster, the rule remains. This allows you to store virtual machine configurations in different datastore clusters. If the virtual machine is moved back into the datastore cluster, the rule is applied. You cannot delete the rule after you remove the virtual machine from the datastore cluster.


vCenter Server retains rules for a virtual machine that is removed from a datastore cluster if the virtual machine remains in the vCenter Server inventory.


To remove a rule from a datastore cluster configuration, you must delete the rule before you remove the virtual machine to which the rule applies from the datastore cluster.
  1. In the vSphere Web Client, browse to the datastore cluster.
  2. Click the Manage tab and select Settings.
  3. Under Configuration, click Rules.
  4. Select the rule to delete and click Remove.
  5. Click OK.