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Deleting a VVOL datastore

You can use the Destroy VVOL Datastore option to delete VVOL datastores. If you choose this option, the deleted VVOL datastore is removed from the system, and you will not be able to access it.

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Note: Performing this operation does not delete the FlexVols on the storage.

You can only use this option if there are no virtual machines on the VVOL datastore. If you attempt to delete a VVOL datastore that has virtual machines, you get an error message and no changes are made to the VVOL datastore.

While this operation destroys the VVOL datastore (that is, the Backing Storage), it does not delete the FlexVols used by the datastore from the system.


  1. On the vSphere Web Client Home page, click Hosts and Clusters.
    Screen shot: Hosts and Clusters selected on the vSphere Web Client Home page.
  2. Right-click the datastore and select VASA Provider for clustered Data ONTAP > Destroy VVOL Datastore.
  3. In the Destroy VVOL Datastore dialog box, select the VVOL datastore that you want to delete, and click OK.
    A dialog box appears asking whether you want to delete the storage.
  4. Click OK.
    A success message appears to let you know the VVOL datastore has been successfully deleted from your system.