Azure has recently introduced the Managed Disks migration functionality that allows users to migrate from unmanaged Disks to Managed Disks in the Azure Portal in a single click.

Here is an overview of the benefits for those using Managed Disks:

  • High availability across the compute and storage resources
  • Integration of the disks, images, snapshots as the first-class resources
  • Application scaling without paying attention at the storage account limits
  • VM Scale Sets with up to 1,000 instances
  • Azure Role Based Access Control is available for secure disks, snapshots, and images

A complete list of the Managed Disks benefits is available here

How to migrate to Managed Disks in the Azure Portal

Click on the info banner on the VM overview pane

 

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Click on Migrate in the migration modal dialog

 

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If your VM is in an Availability Set, the Availability Set has to be migrated first.

 

Pro Tip: protect VMs with managed disks with Azure Site Recovery.

 

Migration progress will be displayed in the migration modal as indicated below

 

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An additional disk resource will now be available in the Resource Group view. You’ll see one disk for every OS & Data Disks that were attached to the VM.

 

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Additional details about the disks of the VM are available on the Disks item in the sidebar

 

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