Deleting backups

You can delete backups if you no longer require the backup for other data protection operations. You can delete one backup or delete multiple backups simultaneously.

Before you begin

You cannot delete backups that are mounted. You must unmount a backup before you can delete it.


  1. In the VMware vSphere web client GUI, click in the toolbar, and then select VMs and Templates from the drop-down list.
  2. In the left Navigator pane, select a VM, then select the Related Objects tab (or More Objects in vCenter 6.5), and then select the Backups tab.
  3. Do one of the following:
    To delete this many backups... Do the following...
    One Select the backup and click Delete.
    2 to 40 Select the backups, then click Actions, and then click Delete in the drop-down list.
    Note: You can select a maximum of 40 backups to delete.
  4. Click Yes to confirm the delete operation.
  5. Refresh the backup list by clicking the refresh button (a circled arrow) on the left vSphere menu bar.