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Decomissioning an esxi host

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Is there a best practice way for doing this?  Note, its using local storage...

Insert esxi5 CD and boot - format?
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Once you have removed it from vCenter if applicable, and migrated, copied, transferred the VMs from the Server.

Use Smart Start System Erase, this will zero the configuration of the server, and the array.

If you want to ensure the disks are erased successfully use DBAN. - http://www.dban.org/
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You can use any OS disk to "format" the disks, but if you want them to be 'cleaner', you'll need a 'disk wipe' utility, like diskwipe: http://www.diskwipe.org/

And, here's an article on ZDNET about SecureErase: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/storage/how-to-really-erase-a-hard-drive/129

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