Azure Site Recovery data encryption feature will be retired on 30 April 2022

Published date: 27 February, 2020

The Azure Site Recovery data encryption feature will be retired on 30 April 2022. This will be replaced by the more advanced Encryption at Rest with Azure Site Recovery, which uses Storage Service Encryption (SSE). With SSE, data is encrypted before persisting to storage and decrypted on retrieval, and, upon failover to Azure, your VMs will run from the encrypted storage accounts, allowing for an improved recovery time objective (RTO).

How will this affect me?

After 30 April 2022, any VMs that still use the retired encryption feature will cease failover operations and won’t be able to use Azure Site Recovery.

What actions do I need to take?

To continue successful failover operations, create new replication policies for the VMs listed below by 30 April 2022.

Follow these steps for each VM:

  1. Disable replication.
  2. Create a new replication policy.
  3. Enable replication and select a storage account with SSE enabled.

After completing the initial replication to storage accounts with SSE enabled, your VMs will be using Encryption at Rest with Azure Site Recovery.

  • Azure Site Recovery
  • Retirements

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