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Azure unmanaged disks will be retired on 30 September 2025

Published date: September 23, 2022

In 2017, we launched Azure Managed Disks. Since then, we've been enhancing our capabilities. We will begin deprecating unmanaged disks on September 30, 2022, because Azure Managed Disks now have full capabilities of unmanaged disks and other advancements. This functionality will be completely retired on September 30, 2025. 

With managed disks, customers don’t have to worry about managing storage accounts when creating a disk as Azure manages the storage accounts behind the scenes. This level of abstraction reduces customer’s maintenance burden significantly. Furthermore, managed disks provide numerous advantages over unmanaged disks such as better reliability, scalability, greater storage capacity, bursting, shared disks etc.,  

If you use unmanaged disks, you should start planning your migration now. Migrate your data from Azure unmanaged disk storage to managed disks before September 30, 2025. Page blobs will not be affected by this change.

To avoid serious service disruptions, review pricing and follow the steps to migrate your Windows or Linux virtual machines to managed disks before 30 September 2025. 

To learn more, read the documentation.  

Required action

To avoid service disruptions, review pricing and follow the steps to migrate your Windows or Linux virtual machines to managed disks before 30 September 2025.

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