Date: May 12 2018
I might use ssh access to muck around but, at the end of the day, the machine is disposable. That's the benefit of the cloud.
Date: December 19 2022
I have moved away from Azure Files. I realized a long time ago that data disks was the correct solution for my intended use case. Indeed, I ran into the occasional problem with using Azure Files as a persistently mounted filesystem. The VM itself is still disposable. As long as I can keep the OS disk, then I do not need to do any bits of configuration on a "new" VM. Of course, the data disk gives me additional flexibility to detach my system's data from this VM and re-attach it to a new VM with a fresh OS disk. I should have moved off of Azure Files years ago.
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