Ensure that your Microsoft Azure virtual machines (VMs) have a sufficient snapshot instant restore retention period configured for data security and internal compliance. Instant recovery snapshots are stored together with the VM disk volumes to speed up the recovery point creation and the restore operations. Prior to running this rule by the Cloud Conformity engine, the instant restore retention period must be configured within the rule settings, on the Cloud Conformity account dashboard. Azure VM instant restore retention period can range from a minimum of 1 day to a maximum of 5 days.
This rule resolution is part of the Conformity Security & Compliance tool for Azure.
The Azure Backup Instant Restore feature is useful to retain VM snapshots along with their disk volumes for faster recovery. Having the right instant restore retention period set for your Azure virtual machines will enable your VM recovery strategy to follow best practices and enforce the compliance regulations available in your organization. Retaining VM instant recovery snapshots for a longer period of time will allow you to handle more efficiently the restoration process in the event of a failure.
To determine if your Azure VMs have a sufficient retention period configured for instant recovery snapshots, perform the following actions:
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To reconfigure the instant restore retention period for your Microsoft Azure virtual machine snapshots, perform the following actions:
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