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Purpose of '.status' VHDs that are created when booting an Azure VM

    Question

  • I'm using the Portal (portal.azure.com) and choosing the Resource Manager view when booting an Ubuntu VM on Azure. I'm seeing that there are two vhds that are created as part of booting the Instance. I understand that one of these should be a copy of the image I specified when booting the VM but what is the other one for? It's naming format, something along the lines of "S2.224bb2cd-04e4-43eb-af88-ffbeb754a640.status", leaves me a hint as to what its for but I'm hoping for some specifics here.

    This is one of the vhds that is orphaned when an Instance is deleted and I'd like to know a bit about it before I nuke it as part of my clean up scripts.

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016 4:57 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    The .status file is blob file where the VM's agent status is recorded. It's used by Azure to get and know the Agent status for this VM. You should safely delete it as part of a cleanup routine.


    Regards, Samir Farhat || Datacenter Consultant || The way to share my knowledge with the community https://BuildWindows.wordpress.com

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016 5:06 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    The .status file is blob file where the VM's agent status is recorded. It's used by Azure to get and know the Agent status for this VM. You should safely delete it as part of a cleanup routine.


    Regards, Samir Farhat || Datacenter Consultant || The way to share my knowledge with the community https://BuildWindows.wordpress.com

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016 5:06 PM
  • Thanks for the response ... just what I was after. 

    Cheers,

    Don

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016 9:41 PM