VMWare vCenter: Cant Remove ‘Orphaned’ VMs

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I noticed I had a VM that was ‘Orphaned’ in my vCenter web console. It was not a production server or anything, I just wanted to delete it. However the option to Delete or Remove from Inventory was not available.


It turns out, you just need to ‘dig a little deeper’. All Virtual Infrastructure Action > More Uncategorized Actions > Remove from inventory.

vCenter Delete Orphaned VM

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Author: PeteLong

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  1. hours of search, find your hint, worked probably, thanks

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  2. thank you so much, it helped me.

    i have searched over so many websites but did not find any fix but here it fixed my issue.

    thanks a lot.

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  3. Thank you very much- the article was a great help.
    Simple and worked- very good
    🙂 Jens

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  4. thank you for your help 🙂

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  5. Thanks for the help!works like a charm!

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  6. I have this problem and on some of the VM’s i do what you show. Now I have some that the “Remove from inventory” is grayed out.

    Any solution?


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