I am wondering how Administrators are handing Azure retention of decommissioned servers.

We use our Azure infrastructure for development. Once we are finished with a server, I want to download the VM from Azure, but the speeds of taking the data down is slow. and it download the entire disk, regardless of how much data is on it. What would be best practice of retaining these VMs?

  • Why download it locally for archival? Does Azure Backup not meet your requirements? – John Mahowald Dec 9 '19 at 17:31
  • What are you trying to achieve by downloading the disk? Maybe there is a better way. – Sam Cogan Dec 12 '19 at 9:31

I never download a disk, a better approach is to store it in an Azure storage account. But if I would need to download it I would use storage explorer

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