Delete Backup Data via Azure Lifecycles

You can delete your backup data in Microsoft Azure storage using the lifecycle mechanism. The lifecycle deletion solution is much more efficient and faster than deleting backup data from Azure storage item by item.

Note that user data deletion may take several days, depending on storage account settings. The progress cannot be reported. Once the deletion process is completed, you will be notified by email

Note that the lifecycle management is supported for the following storage account types only:

  • Standard general-purpose v2
  • Premium block blobs

Read more about Azure lifecycle management in the Optimize costs by automatically managing the data lifecycle chapter at

To use the Azure lifecycle management for backup data deletion, you need to provide Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure AD) credentials:

  • Tenant ID
  • Subscription type

Provide Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure AD) Credentials

To set up the Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure AD) credentials, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the Management Console.
  2. In the Storage menu, select Storage Accounts.
  3. Find the required Azure storage account, then click the gear icon.
  4. Select Setup AD Credentials.

  1. In the Setup AD Credentials dialog box, specify the Tenant ID.
  2. Click Sign In.

  1. Select the required tenant.
  2. Select the required subscription.
  3. Once you are done, click Save.