Removing a managed host from vCenter Server breaks the connection and stops all monitoring and managing functions of that managed host and of all the virtual machines on that managed host. The managed host and its associated virtual machines are removed from the inventory.

Historical data for removed hosts remains in the vCenter Server database.

Removing a managed host differs from disconnecting the managed host from vCenter Server. Disconnecting a managed host does not remove it from vCenter Server; it temporarily suspends all vCenter Server monitoring activities. The managed host and its associated virtual machines remain in the vCenter Server inventory.

Removing a managed host from vCenter Server does not remove the virtual machines from the managed host or datastore. It removes only vCenter Server’s access to the managed host and virtual machines on that managed host.

1 illustrates the process for removing a managed host from vCenter Server. In the example here, notice the lost link between vCenter Server and the removed managed host, while the managed host files remain on the datastore.

Figure 1. Removing a Host
The process for removing a managed host from vCenter Server is illustrated