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Deleting a Workload Domain
Welcome to this demonstration on deleting a domain from Cloud Foundation.
Cloud Foundation makes it easy to allocate, reclaim and repurpose capacity within your private cloud. In this demo we will show how previously allocated capacity can easily be reclaimed by deleting a domain and returning the servers to the free pool.
We begin in the vSphere web client where we see workload domain wld01. This domain consists of a single cluster and 3 hosts.
This domain is no longer needed so it can be deleted. The server hosts can be returned to the free pool where they can be repurposed for use in new or existing workload domains in the private cloud.
[SDDC Manager] browser tab
At the SDDC Manager dashboard we see a summary of our private cloud, which currently contains one management domain and one VI workload domain.
[Workload Domains] under the Inventory menu
Here we see capacity details for our domains. We will proceed with deleting the wld01 domain.
Click [wld01] to view the configuration of this workload domain
Click [Hosts] which also shows 3 hosts esxi-5, esxi-6 and esx-7 configured for use by this workload domain
Click [Delete Domain]
Deleting a domain is a destructive operation. All workloads running in the cluster will be powered off and deleted as part of this operation. To verify the domain to be deleted, as well as safeguard against the accidental deletion of the wrong domain, we must type the domain name before proceeding.
Click [Enter Workload Domain Name] and input wld01
Click [Delete Workload Domain]
The SDDC Manager initiates a workflow to delete the domain. Deleting a domain is a destructive operation. All clusters configured in the domain will be deleted and any VMs running in the domain will be destroyed.
It typically takes around 20 minutes to delete a domain. This time will vary based on the number and size of the clusters in the domain.
[Expansion Arrows] to monitor the progress of the
Here we are able to view the 28 tasks that were executed to delete the domain.
The workload domain deletion has successfully completed.
Click the [Scroll Bar]
Note: In this example deleting the domain also removed the NSX-T fabric associated with it as it was the as it was the last VI workload domain within the deployment.
Click [X] to close the task pane.
Back at the SDDC Manager Dashboard, in the Workload Domain summary section we see there are no longer any VI domains in the deployment.
Click [Refresh] within
your browser to ensure SDDC Manager has been updated
The three hosts that were in the domain now show a status of “Need Cleanup.” Once re-imaged, these hosts can be commissioned into SDDC Manager and repurposed as part of a new or existing cluster.
This concludes our demonstration
on deleting VI workload domains in Cloud Foundation.
Cloud Foundation makes it easy to allocate, reclaim, and repurpose capacity within your private cloud. In this demo we saw how previously allocated capacity was easily reclaimed by deleting an used domain and returning the servers to the free pool.
For more Cloud Foundation demos visit the Cloud Foundation Resource Center at vmware.com/go/vcfrc
For more information on VMware Cloud Foundation, visit our website at vmware.com/go/cloudfoundation.