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The Azure portal has a Service Retirement Workbook that shows all of the services you are using which are being retired within the next few years. This could be things like having to update your apps because Azure no longer supports TLS 1.0/1.1, old versions of Node.js or .NET, or the retiring of a service like Classic Cloud Services. This is extremely helpful when your organization has many teams using a lot of different services, and they need time to plan the update or migration work into their roadmaps. Shout out to my colleague Amer Gill for showing me this!

To access the view in the Azure portal, open up the Advisor, navigate to Workbooks (or use this link), and open the Service Retirement (Preview) workbook.

Navigating to the Service Retirement Workbook

At the top you will see a list of services you are using that are being retired soon, the date they are being retired, how many of your resources will be affected, and a link to documentation about the retirement and actions to take.

Service Retirement Workbook list of services

Below that is a list of resources that will be affected by the service retirements you have selected in the list above. This tells you the resources’ subscription, resource group, name, type, location, tags, and a link to actions to take.

Service Retirement Workbook list of resources

You can also export the results to Excel, making the information easy to share with others.

Having a single up-to-date view of all the services being retired, which resources will be affected, and links to documentation on actions that need to be taken is extremely helpful and convenient. Anybody in the organization is able to view the workbook, and as teams migrate their resources to newer services they are removed from the list, giving a realtime view of which resources still need attention.

Recommended Action: Set up a recurring reminder to check this workbook every month or quarter, so you can stay on top of any upcoming retirements that may affect you or your organization. Share this information with other teams so they can do the same.

If you are curious or just like to stay up-to-date, you can also toggle the workbook view to show all upcoming service retirements, not just retirements for the services that you are currently using. There is also the Azure Updates page that lists upcoming and past retirements, can be searched, and has an RSS feed that you can subscribe to.

Did you find this information as helpful as I did? Have any other related tips? Let me know in the comments below.





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