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Deleting VSatellites

When you need to retire an existing VSatellite, you can delete one or more of them from the VSatellite page.

Deleting a VSatellite is really just removing the object that represents a VSatellite that is installed on a file system in your network. To completely remove VSatellites, make sure that you delete the binary from the file system where it's installed after you've deleted it from Venafi as a Service.


Deleting VSatellites with existing services running on them could cause an outage of those services. Before deleting, we recommend assigning the services to a different VSatellite.

If you don't need the services any longer, you can delete the VSatellite without reassigning the services.


Deleting the very last VSatellite results in also permanently deleting any associated services, as well as the VSatellite's data encryption key (DEK), which contains all related keys and credentials. Learn more about deleting your last available Venafi as a Service.

Reassign existing services to a different VSatellite

  1. Log in to Venafi as a Service.
  2. Click Settings > Services.
  3. In the left pane, click the Service you want to reassign.
  4. Click the Administration tab.
  5. In the VSatellite section, click in the box and select a different VSatellite.
  6. Click Save.

Repeat these steps for every service running on the VSatellite you want to delete.

Delete one or more s from Venafi as a Service

  1. Log in to Venafi as a Service.
  2. Click Settings > VSatellites.
  3. Select the VSatellites you want to delete, and then click Delete.
  4. When prompted, click Delete to confirm that you want delete it.

Remove VSatellite from the Linux server

After deleting your VSatellites in Venafi as a Service, remember to remove the VSatellite binaries from the Linux servers where they are installed. You can remove the binaries using the following command:

./vsatctl uninstall

Last update: November 10, 2021