How do I remove an iSCSI Software Adapter in VMware?

While messing with some options in my lab, I noticed that once I added an iSCSI software Adapter, every option to remove it is greyed out.

Crazy enough, the only way to remove an iSCSI adapter in VMware is to:

  1. Right click->Properties on the adapter
  2. Click on the Configure… button
  3. Uncheck Enabled under Status in the General Properties dialog box
  4. Restart the ESXi host (yep, you literally have to restart the whole box)

Upon restart, the adapter will be removed automatically.  If anyone finds another solution, please drop a comment below and let me know 🙂

6 thoughts on “How do I remove an iSCSI Software Adapter in VMware?

  1. Asmar

    Thanks. This worked. I had extra paths on my adapter b/c I was deleting and re-adding port groups trying out different ways of multipathing. I knew I only had 2 actual paths but the adapter properties still held on to the old paths after I deleted the associated port group or vNIC. I knew they all pointed to the same place and it would probably work, but still….we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t want it just right. lol.

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  4. Fred

    As of vSphere 6.5 U1 this still works. Just make sure that you remove any “Network Port Bindings” before starting this procedure.

    Thank you for posting. It saved me a ton of time.


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