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Uninstalling VMware vSphere Data Protection from VMware vCenter Server (2038356)

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This article provides steps to remove the plug-in for vSphere Data Protection (VDP) and the appliance itself.
Note: These steps are appropriate for you to remove the appliance for a fresh install.


To uninstall vSphere Data Protection from vCenter Server:
Note: This deletes all of the vSphere Data Protection data, including existing backups that are stored inside the backup datastore. Do not perform these steps if you want to retain backup information.
  1. Power down the vSphere Data Protection appliance using the shutdown command (not power off).
  2. Remove any attached disks you want to keep from the appliance.
  3. Right-click the appliance and click Delete from disk.
  4. For ESXi 6.0 and later, enable the Managed Object Browser using the vSphere Web Client.

    For more information, see The Managed Object Browser is disabled by default in vSphere 6.0 (2108405).

  5. Using the Managed Object Browser, remove the vSphere Data Protection plug-in from vCenter Server:

    1. Open https://vcenterip/mob in a web browser.

      where vcenterip is the IP address of the vCenter Server or vCenter Server appliance.

    2. When prompted, enter your vCenter Server credentials and log in.
    3. Click content > extensionmanager.
    4. Ensure that these details are present:

      For VDP 5.1: com.vmware.vdp
      For VDP 5.5/5.8/6.x: com.vmware.vdp2 and com.vmware.vdp2.config

    5. Click unregisterextension.
    6. In the text field provided enter:

      For VDP 5.1: com.vmware.vdp
      For VDP 5.5/5.8/6.x: com.vmware.vdp2  then com.vmware.vdp2.config

    7. Click Invoke Method to remove the plug-in.

      You see output similar to:

      Method Invocation Result: Void

      Note: This output confirms that the plug-in is removed. For vSphere Data Protection 5.5 and later, repeat this process to remove com.vmware.vdp2.config

  6. Log out and log in to the vSphere Web Client.
  7. Ensure that the VDP plug-in is no longer visible in the vSphere Web Client home screen.

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See Also

Update History

1/2/2015 - Added VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.8.x to the product versions

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