Delete a Storage Account - are there any Gotchas?

Lee Birchmore 0 Reputation points

I am looking to delete a storage account as we have moved our data from StorSimple to AFS. The old account is not needed anymore but wanted to make sure I haven't missed anything or if there are any gotcha's to look out for.

Azure Storage Accounts
Azure Storage Accounts
Globally unique resources that provide access to data management services and serve as the parent namespace for the services.
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  1. Rishikesh Singh 470 Reputation points

    Before deleting a storage account, there are several important things to consider:

    1. Data Backup: Ensure that you have appropriate backups of all important data stored in the storage account. Once you delete the storage account, the data will be permanently removed and cannot be recovered.
    2. Access and Permissions: Review and identify any applications, services, or individuals who are currently accessing or relying on the storage account. Consider updating or transferring any necessary access permissions or data dependencies before deletion.
    3. Account Usage: Analyze the usage patterns and potential impact of deleting the storage account. Determine if any services or applications are actively using the storage account, and evaluate the consequences of deleting it on those systems.
    4. Data Migration: Plan and execute a data migration strategy if necessary. If you need to retain the data but no longer require the storage account, ensure that you have a plan in place to migrate the data to an alternative storage solution before deletion.
    5. Regulatory and Compliance Requirements: Consider any legal, regulatory, or compliance obligations associated with the data stored in the account. Ensure that you comply with any relevant regulations or policies when handling or deleting the data.
    6. Cost Implications: Evaluate the financial impact of deleting the storage account. Determine if there are any potential cost savings or implications associated with deleting the account, such as reduced storage costs or the termination of related services.
    7. Dependencies and Integrations: Identify any dependencies or integrations that the storage account has with other services or applications. Take into account the impact on those services or applications if the storage account is deleted.
    8. Communication: If other individuals or teams are affected by the deletion, communicate your intentions and coordinate with them to minimize disruptions and ensure a smooth transition.

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  2. Sumarigo-MSFT 42,516 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    @Lee Birchmore Adding more information to the above response!

    1.  Ensure that your Storage account has no active image(s) and/or disk(s). Ensure these image(s) and/or disk(s) are removed before deleting this storage.
    2. Ensure there are no immutable policies for the Storage containers.
    3. Check and confirm if there are any leased containers within the storage account.
    4. Ensure that there are no other Azure resources which are using this storage account for saving its files, diagnostic logs etc
    5. Ensure that there are no applications which is using the connectionstring of this storage account. Else it will break the application connectivity since it is still using the connectionstring of this deleted storage account.
    6. Ensure that there are no locks (management Read only / delete) locks enabled on this storage account.

    Please let us know if you have any further queries. I’m happy to assist you further.

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