When you are decommissioning a VM, either because it has been replaced with a new server or the customer is no longer with GTS, please make sure to follow the following steps:
- Update the Notes on the VM to include when it has been decommissioned and who decommissioned it. Why would be helpful as well.
- Migrate the VM to any of the TEST or UTIL LUNs to get it off of production storage.
- Move the VM to the Retired VM folder in vSphere
- Convert the VM to a template
This way, the status of the vm is known, and it can be exported to the Data Domain for archival or deleted.