Deleting a datastore

You can delete a datastore using the NetApp Element Management extension point. This operation permanently deletes all the files associated with the VMs on the datastore that you want to delete. The plug-in does not delete datastores that contain registered VMs.


  1. Select NetApp Element Management > Management.
    Note: If two or more clusters are added, ensure that the cluster you intend to use for the task is selected in the navigation bar.
  2. From the Datastores page, select the check box for the datastore you want to delete.
  3. Click Actions.
  4. In the resulting menu, click Delete.
  5. Optional: If you want to delete the NetApp Element volume that is associated with the datastore, select the Delete associated volume check box.
    Note: You can also choose to retain the volume and later associate it with another datastore.
  6. Click Yes.