Recently I was asked how to confirm when a particular ARM Virtual machine was created. I thought this would be a relatively easy thing to accomplish. However searching through powershell I could not find any Datecreated on either the VM or the VHD.

in the end I resorted to going into the Windows VM (this will not work on Linux). And checking the location: C:\Windows\panther\

In here you should find a number of files but the ones we are interested in are: WaSetup.log and WaSetup.xml – The dates modified of these files will be from during the provisioning of the Image / VHD.

This was the closest I could find to given a true Date and time.


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