You can remove Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) security from a virtual machine.

Removing vTPM causes all encrypted information on the virtual machine to become unrecoverable. In addition, removing a vTPM initiates an immediate reboot of the virtual machine. Before removing a vTPM from a virtual machine, disable any applications in the Guest OS, such as BitLocker, that use vTPM. Failure to do so can cause the virtual machine to not boot.

Procedure

  1. Connect to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
  2. Right-click the virtual machine in the inventory that you want to modify and select Edit Settings.
  3. In the Edit Settings dialog box, locate the Trusted Platform Module entry in the Virtual Hardware tab.
  4. Move your cursor over the device and click the Remove icon.

    This icon appears only for virtual hardware that you can safely remove.

  5. Click Delete to confirm you want to remove the device.

    The vTPM device is marked for removal.

  6. Click OK.

    Verify that the Virtual Trusted Platform Module entry no longer appears in the virtual machine Summary tab in the VM Hardware pane.