How to forcefully remove a Virtual Machine from the SCVMM admin console

How to forcefully remove a Virtual Machine from the SCVMM admin console

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fixMy buddy Jonathan Jordan recently came across an interesting issue and wrote up a great solution, and since he’s out today I thought I’d take the liberty of posting it.  If you ever find yourself in a position where you tried to remove a VM but it ended up being stuck in a state of limbo then this one’s for you:


Issue: A VM has been removed from SCVMM but still appears in the VMM Admin Console. The VM may have been removed in Hyper-V, SCVMM, or Cluster Administrator. When the VM is right clicked on there are two choices: Repair and Delete. Neither work.

Windows 2003 with SCVMM 2007
Windows 2008 with SCVMM 2008

Resolution: If after attempting to remove the VM through normal means the machine name is still present, perform these steps:

> Method 1: Locate the .XML file for the machine and delete it.
- On the host that the VM ran on (or hosts if you are unsure which one), at a command prompt:
     Type the drive letter to change to such as C: and hit enter, then...
         dir *.xml /s | find /i "vm name"
- Replacing "vm name" with the name of the VM, this will search a volume for the .XML file that describes the VM
- Move the .XML file to a location that SCVMM does not use for hosted VMs or Library files
- Refresh SCVMM Admin Console

> Method 2: Force removal of VM with PowerShell.  If Method 1 did not work, follow the steps below then refresh the SCVMM Admin Console:

- In the SCVMM Admin Console click the 'PowerShell' button. Type 'A' for 'Always' if prompted by security
- Test PowerShell (this will just list information so that you will know that PowerShell is working properly):
     Get-VMMServer -ComputerName localhost
- This should just list out some VMM info

- Remove VM: Replace "VM Name" with the name of the VM as it appears in SCVMM
$VM = Get-VM -Name "VM Name"
Remove-VM -VM $VM -Force

Note: If the virtual machine still exists as an .XML file as mentioned in Method 1, refresher will repopulate the VM as being present

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  • Thanks for this post, this has been a big point of frustration for customers.

  • The following steps outline the procedure to manually remove a host cluster from the VMM database. In

  • If you’ve ever tried deleting a VM from the SCVMM console but it still hangs around this post could help

  • This probably works just fine, but if you are using a SAN and delete the partition hosting the VM, it is still unable to delete the VM from within the GUI.  I am still looking for a way to remove the entry within the SCVMM 2008 R2 Management Console.

  • I have tried both methods but it did not work.  For method 2 specifically, after typing the "Remove-VM..." line, I get an error:

    Remove-VM: Cannot convert 'System.Object[]' to the type 'Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager.VM' required by parameter 'VM'.  Specified method is not supported.

    At line:1 char:14

    + Remove-VM -VM <<< $VM -Force

       + Category Info         :InvalidArgument: <:> [Remove-VM], ParameterBindingException

            + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CannotConvertArgument, Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager.Cmdlets.RemoveVMCmdlet

  • I did both options and I get the following Error with Option 2:

    Remove-VM : VMM Cannot find VirtualHardDisk Object <VHD ID>.  <Error ID: 801>

    It's more cosmetic than anything, don't like the warnings I repeatedly any ideas would be helpful - using VMM2012 on 08R2

  • Thanks you very much. Force remove really worked for me.

  • thank you