I always knew about the short term restore options of a Windows 365 Cloud PC. However, I never paid attention to the long term restore point though it was in front of my eyes all the time. Let’s take a deeper look at the restore options.
The following restore options within my User Setting policy are configured. (You can follow this blog post to – PowerShell – Create and Assign Windows 365 Cloud PC – User Settings )
Short Term Restore
The above policy is configured with restore points every 4 hours. The Windows 365 Cloud PC will have 10 restore points saved at intervals of every 4 hours defined in the user setting. For example, if you choose 4 hour intervals, a Cloud PC will have 10 restore points spread out every four hours over the last 40 hours. (The box highlighted in green is the 40 hours period of the short term restore points.)
Long Term Restore
Now comes the eye-opener that has been in the console. However, I never paid attention to its dates and time. In addition to these configurable short-term restore points, four long-term restore points aren’t configurable. These long-term restore points are saved every seven days. The box highlighted in red is the 7 days of the long term restore points. (Pay attention to the dates precisely 7 days apart)
Note in both scenarios of short- and long-term restore points, it automatically removes the old and adds the new restore points. Ensure the end-user/admin teams understand the impact of a long term restore point, as it can have an unpredictable outcome of application/configurations missing or the desktop becoming unusable. The best practice here is to restore to the earliest possible point, whether short- or long-term.
I hope you will find this helpful information for understanding the restore points in Cloud PC. Please let me know if I have missed any steps or details, and I will be happy to update the post.