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This document applies to the Windows Azure Virtual Machine service. The behavior described here may change with no previous notice. When a Windows Azure Subscription reaches its spending limit, all the Virtual Machines in the subscription are deleted but the associated disks are kept (generally for 90 days but this may change with no previous notice). After resolving the issue with the spending limit, you can re-create the Virtual Machines using their original disks by following the process below.
Choose whether the virtual machine is a single stand-alone machine or whether it is part of a cloud service that contains multiple connected machines. For more information about connecting virtual machines, see How to connect virtual machines in a cloud service.