Basic load balancer vs Standard load balancer?

Audi911 0 Reputation points

Hello experts,

Quick question which I can only find the answer to upgrade but not downgrade.

I have a scenario where I have 1 AVD (there used to be two but now there is only one, which I'm not sure if this is why I am facing this issue)

I am seeing in my billing that I have a standard load balancer which is about $30CDN / Month.

So 2 questions

  1. Can a basic load balancer do the trick (I believe a basic one is free)
  2. How do I go back from a standard load balancer to a basic one? I am only showing it's very easy to upgrade but downgrading doesn't seem to be an option?

Any ideas?

Thank you!

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  1. KapilAnanth-MSFT 40,256 Reputation points Microsoft Employee


    Welcome to the Microsoft Q&A Platform. Thank you for reaching out & I hope you are doing well.

    Please go through the below before considering to downgrade your Load Balancer SKU

    On September 30, 2025, Basic Load Balancer will be retired. For more information, see the official announcement. If you are currently using Basic Load Balancer, make sure to upgrade to Standard Load Balancer prior to the retirement date.

    From the AVD Documentation, I don't see any mention of Load Balancer being used out of the box.

    From what I could see,

    • This Load Balancer is not part of your AVD configuration.
    • This should have been created explicitly and separately to access the VM (which you have mentioned).
    • I suggested you to check with the owner/creator of the Load Balancer as to understand what is the use case and if Basic SKU would be sufficient or not.

    This document will come in handy: Azure Load Balancer components

    You can get an overview of this LB by considering:

    • What does the Backend Pool of the LB contains?
      • Is there a VM or is it empty
    • Check for Load Balancing Rules
    • Check for Inbound NAT Rule
    • If the above configurations are empty - you can go ahead and delete the Load Balancer.



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