If you use a subscribed library, and you synchronize it, you can later delete the library from storage but keep the metadata. You can also delete a library item such as a template completely.

If a subscribed library is created with the option to download library content only when needed, only metadata for the library items is stored in the associated with the library storage. When you want to use a library item, for example use a VM template to deploy a virtual machine, you have to synchronize the item. Synchronization downloads the entire content to the associated storage. After you are done using the template, you can delete the item contents to free space on the storage. The template remains visible in the subscribed library because the metadata for it remains on the storage that is associated with the library. This also applies for vApp templates, and other files that exist in the subscribed library.

Prerequisites

Required privileges depend on the task you want to perform.

Task

Required Privileges

Delete the contents of a library item

Content library > Evict library item

Delete a library item

Content library > Delete library item

Procedure

  1. Navigate to the Content Libraries list.

    Client

    Steps

    vSphere Client

    Select Menu > Content Libraries.

    vSphere Web Client

    1. Select Home > Content Libraries.

    2. Click the Objects tab.

  2. Click a content library, select the type of item, and select the task you want to perform with the item.

    Client

    Description

    vSphere Client

    In the vSphere Client, you can only delete the selected item.

    • From the Templates tab, right-click a template from the library, and select Delete .

    • From the Other Types tab, right-click a file from the library that is not a template, and select Delete .

    vSphere Web Client

    In the vSphere Web Client, you can delete the contents of an item or delete the item altogether.

    To delete the contents of an item, do the following.

    • From the Templates tab, right-click a template from the library, and select Delete Item Content.

    • From the Other Types tab, right-click a file from the library that is not a template, and select Delete Item Content.

    To delete an item, do the following.

    • From the Templates tab, right-click a template from the library, and select Delete .

    • From the Other Types tab, right-click a file from the library that is not a template, and select Delete .