Azure Old VM Disk Snapshots

Rule Description

Rule Code: Azure-SNAP-01

Identify and remove old Azure virtual machine (VM) disks snapshots for cost optimization.

A virtual machine disk snapshot is considered old when the VM resource is older than 30 days by default.

Audit / Verification

To determine if you have any obsolete (old) virtual machine disk snapshots within your Azure account, perform the following operations:

Step 1: Sign in to the Azure Management Console. Navigate to All resources blade, select the Azure subscription.

Step 2: Filter Snapshot to list only the virtual machine (VM) disk snapshots created in the selected Azure subscription. Click on the name of the VM disk snapshot that you want to examine.

Step 3: View configuration details available for the selected disk snapshot and verify the DATE CREATED attribute value if the age of the verified resource is higher than 30 days or setting value

In case of yes, the selected Azure virtual machine disk snapshot is considered old and can be safely removed from your cloud account.

Step 4: Repeat steps for each virtual machine disk snapshots available in the selected Azure subscription.

Step 5: Repeat steps for each subscription created within your Microsoft Azure cloud account.