Azure EA portal administration - Microsoft Cost Management (2023)

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This article explains the common tasks that an administrator accomplishes in the Azure EA portal ( The Azure EA portal is an online management portal that helps customers manage the cost of their Azure EA services. For introductory information about the Azure EA portal, see the Get started with the Azure EA portal article.


We recommend that both direct and indirect EA Azure customers use Cost Management + Billing in the Azure portal to manage their enrollment and billing instead of using the EA portal. For more information about enrollment management in the Azure portal, see Get started with EA billing in the Azure portal.

As of February 20, 2023 indirect EA customers won’t be able to manage their billing account in the EA portal. Instead, they must use the Azure portal.

This change doesn’t affect Azure Government EA enrollments. They continue using the EA portal to manage their enrollment.

Activate your enrollment

To activate your service, the initial enterprise administrator opens the Azure Enterprise portal and signs in using the email address from the invitation email.

If you've been set up as the enterprise administrator, you don't need to receive the activation email. Go to Azure Enterprise portal and sign in with your work, school, or Microsoft account email address and password.

If you have more than one enrollment, choose one to activate. By default, only active enrollments are shown. To view enrollment history, clear the Active option in the top right of the Azure Enterprise portal.

Under Enrollment, the status shows Active.

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Only existing Azure enterprise administrators can create other enterprise administrators.

Create another enterprise administrator

Use one of the following options, based on your situation.

If you're already an enterprise administrator

  1. Sign in to the Azure Enterprise portal.
  2. Go to Manage > Enrollment Detail.
  3. Select + Add Administrator at the top right.

Make sure that you have the user's email address and preferred authentication method, such as a work, school, or Microsoft account.

If you're not an enterprise administrator

If you're not an enterprise administrator, contact an enterprise administrator to request that they add you to an enrollment. The enterprise administrator uses the preceding steps to add you as an enterprise administrator. After you're added to an enrollment, you receive an activation email.

If your enterprise administrator can't help you

If your enterprise administrator can't assist you, create an Azure support request. Provide the following information:

  • Enrollment number
  • Email address to add, and authentication type (work, school, or Microsoft account)
  • Email approval from an existing enterprise administrator


  • We recommend that you have at least one active Enterprise Administrator at all times. If no active Enterprise Administrator is available, contact your partner to change the contact information on the Volume License agreement. Your partner can make changes to the customer contact information by using the Contact Information Change Request (CICR) process available in the eAgreements (VLCM) tool.
  • Any new EA administrator account created using the CICR process is assigned read-only permissions to the enrollment in the EA portal and Azure portal. To elevate access, create an Azure support request.

Create an Azure Enterprise department

Enterprise administrators and department administrators use departments to organize and report on enterprise Azure services and usage by department and cost center. The enterprise administrator can:

  • Add or remove departments.
  • Associate an account to a department.
  • Create department administrators.
  • Allow department administrators to view price and costs.

A department administrator can add new accounts to their departments. They can remove accounts from their departments, but not from the enrollment.

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To add a department:

  1. Sign in to the Azure Enterprise portal.
  2. In the left pane, select Manage.
  3. Select the Department tab, then select + Add Department.
  4. Enter the information.The department name is the only required field. It must be at least three characters.
  5. When complete, select Add.

Add a department administrator

After a department is created, the enterprise administrator can add department administrators and associate each one to a department. Department administrators can perform the following actions for their departments:

  • Create other department administrators
  • View and edit department properties such as name or cost center
  • Add accounts
  • Remove accounts
  • Download usage details
  • View the monthly usage and charges ¹

¹ An enterprise administrator must grant these permissions. If you were given permission to view department monthly usage and charges, but can't see them, contact your partner.

To add a department administrator

As an enterprise administrator:

  1. Sign in to the Azure Enterprise portal.
  2. In the left pane, select Manage.
  3. Select the Department tab and then select the department.
  4. Select + Add Administrator and add the required information.
  5. For read-only access, set the Read-Only option to Yes and then select Add.

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To set read-only access

You can grant read-only access to department administrators.

  • When you create a new department administrator, set the read-only option to Yes.

  • To edit an existing department administrator:

    1. Select a department, and then select the pencil symbol next to the Department Administrator that you want to edit.
    2. Set the read-only open to Yes, and then select Save.

Enterprise administrators automatically get department administrator permissions.

Add an account

The structure of accounts and subscriptions impact how they're administered and how they appear on your invoices and reports. Examples of typical organizational structures include business divisions, functional teams, and geographic locations.

To add an account:

  1. In the Azure Enterprise portal, select Manage in the left navigation area and then select an enrollment.
  2. Select the Account tab. On the Account page, select +Add Account.
  3. Select a department, or leave it as unassigned, and then select the desired authentication type.
  4. Enter a friendly name to identify the account in reporting.
  5. Enter the Account Owner Email address to associate with the new account.
  6. Confirm the email address and then select Add.

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To add another account, select Add Another Account, or select Add at the bottom-right corner of the left toolbar.

To confirm account ownership:

  1. Sign in to the Azure Enterprise portal.

  2. View the status.

    The status should change from Pending to Start/End date. The Start/End date is the date the user first signed in and the agreement end date.

  3. When the Warning message pops up, the account owner needs to select Continue to activate the account the first time they sign in to the Azure Enterprise portal.

Add an account from another Azure AD tenant

By default, an enrollment is associated with a specific Azure AD tenant. Only accounts from that tenant are allowed to be used to establish an Azure enrollment account. However, you change the behavior to allow an account to get linked from any Azure AD tenant.

To add an account from any tenant:

  1. In the Azure Enterprise portal, select Manage in the left navigation area.
  2. Select the appropriate enrollment. Note the current setting for Auth level, if you want to restore the setting later.
  3. If not already configured, change the Auth level to Work and School Account Cross Tenant.
  4. Add the account using the Azure AD sign in information, as described in the previous section.
  5. Return the Auth level to its previous setting, or set it as Work and School Account.
  6. Sign in to the EA portal to verify that you can view the appropriate subscription offers so that you can then add subscriptions in the Azure portal.

Change Azure subscription or account ownership

This section only applies when a subscription owner is being changed. Changing a subscription ownership doesn't require an Azure support ticket. Enterprise administrators can use the Azure Enterprise portal to transfer account ownership of selected or all subscriptions in an enrollment. They also have the option to change the subscription directory (tenant).

However, an EA admin can't transfer an account from one enrollment to another enrollment. To transfer an account from one enrollment to another, a support request is required. For information about transferring an account from one enrollment to another enrollment, see Transfer an enterprise account to a new enrollment.

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Pay-as-you-go subscription administrators can also transfer account ownership of their subscriptions to an EA enrollment using this same process.

When you complete a subscription or account ownership transfer, Microsoft updates the account owner.

Before performing the ownership transfer, understand these Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) policies:

  • When performing subscription or account ownership transfers between two organizational IDs within the same tenant, Azure RBAC policies, existing service administrator, and co-administrator roles are preserved.
  • Cross-tenant subscription or account ownership transfers result in losing your Azure RBAC policies and role assignments.
  • Policies and administrator roles don't transfer across different directories. Service administrators are updated to the owner of destination account.
  • To avoid loss of Azure RBAC policies and role assignments when transferring subscription between tenants, ensure that the Move the subscriptions to the recipient’s Azure AD tenant checkbox remains unchecked. This will retain the services, Azure roles, and policies on the current Azure AD tenant and only transfer the billing ownership for the account.

Before changing an account owner:

  1. In the Azure Enterprise portal, view the Account tab and identify the source account. The source account must be active.
  2. Identify the destination account and make sure it's active.

To transfer account ownership for all subscriptions:

  1. Sign in to the Azure Enterprise portal.
  2. In the left navigation area, select Manage.
  3. Select the Account tab and hover over an account.
  4. Select the change account owner icon on the right. The icon resembles a person.
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  5. Choose the destination account to transfer to and then select Next.
  6. If you want to transfer the account ownership across Azure AD tenants, select the Move the subscriptions to the recipient's Azure AD tenant checkbox.
  7. Confirm the transfer and select Submit.

To transfer account ownership for a single subscription:

  1. Sign in to the Azure Enterprise portal.
  2. In the left navigation area, select Manage.
  3. Select the Account tab and hover over an account.
  4. Select the transfer subscriptions icon on the right. The icon resembles a page.
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  5. Choose the destination account to transfer the subscription and then select Next.
  6. If you want to transfer the subscription ownership across Azure AD tenants, select the Move the subscriptions to the recipient's Azure AD tenant checkbox.
  7. Confirm the transfer and then select Submit.

Associate an account to a department

Enterprise Administrators can associate existing accounts to Departments under the enrollment.

To associate an account to a department

  1. Sign in to the Azure EA Portal as an enterprise administrator.
  2. Select Manage on the left navigation.
  3. Select Account.
  4. Hover over the row with the account and select the pencil icon on the right.
  5. Select the department from the drop-down menu.
  6. Select Save.

Associate an existing account with your Pay-As-You-Go subscription

If you already have an existing Microsoft Azure account on the Azure portal, enter the associated school, work, or Microsoft account in order to associate it with your Enterprise Agreement enrollment.

Associate an existing account

  1. In the Azure Enterprise portal, select Manage.
  2. Select the Account tab.
  3. Select +Add an account.
  4. Enter the work, school, or Microsoft account associated with the existing Azure account.
  5. Confirm the account associated with the existing Azure account.
  6. Provide a name you would like to use to identify this account in reporting.
  7. Select Add.
  8. To add an additional account, you can select the +Add an Account option again or return to the homepage by selecting the Admin button.
  9. If you view the Account page, the newly added account will appear in a Pending status.

Confirm account ownership

  1. Sign into the email account associated with the work, school, or Microsoft account you provided.
  2. Open the email notification titled "Invitation to Activate your Account on the Microsoft Azure Service from Microsoft Volume Licensing".
  3. Select the Log into the Microsoft Azure Enterprise Portal link in the invitation.
  4. Select Sign in.
  5. Enter your work, school, or Microsoft account and password to sign in and confirm account ownership.

Azure Marketplace

Although most subscriptions can convert from the Pay-as-You-Go environment to Azure Enterprise Agreement, Azure Marketplace services do not. In order to have a single view of all subscriptions and charges, we recommend you add the Azure Marketplace services to the Azure Enterprise portal.

  1. Sign in to the Azure Enterprise portal.
  2. Select Manage on the left navigation.
  3. Select the EnrollmentTab.
  4. View the Enrollment Detail section.
  5. To the right of the Azure Marketplace field, select the pencil icon to enable it. Select Save.

The account owner can now purchase any Azure Marketplace services that were previously owned in the Pay-As-You-Go subscription.

After the new Azure Marketplace subscriptions are activated under your Azure EA enrollment, cancel the Azure Marketplace services that were created in the Pay-As-You-Go environment. This step is critical so that your Azure Marketplace subscriptions do not fall into a bad state when your Pay-As-You-Go payment instrument expires.


MSDN subscriptions are automatically converted to MSDN Dev/Test and the Azure EA offer will lose any existing monetary credit.

Azure in Open

If you associate an Azure in Open subscription with an Enterprise Agreement, you forfeit any unconsumed Azure in Open credits. Thus, we recommended that you consume all credit on an Azure in Open subscription before you add the account to your Enterprise Agreement.

Accounts with support subscriptions

If your Enterprise Agreement doesn't have a support subscription and you add an existing account with a support subscription to the Azure Enterprise portal, your MOSA support subscription won't automatically transfer. You'll need to repurchase a support subscription in Azure EA during the grace period - by the end of the subsequent month.

Department spending quotas

EA customers can set or change spending quotas for each department under an enrollment. The spending quota amount is set for the current Prepayment term. At the end of the current Prepayment term, the system will extend the existing spending quota to the next Prepayment term unless the values are updated.

The department administrator can view the spending quota but only the enterprise administrator can update the quota amount. The enterprise administrator and the department administrator and will receive notifications once quota has reached 50%, 75%, 90%, and 100%.

Enterprise administrator to set the quota:

  1. Open the Azure EA Portal.
  2. Select Manage on the left navigation.
  3. Select the Department Tab.
  4. Select the Department.
  5. Select the pencil symbol on the Department Details section, or select the + Add Department symbol to add a spending quota along with a new department.
  6. Under Department Details, enter a spending quota amount in the enrollment's currency in the Spending Quota $ box (must be greater than 0).
    • The Department Name and Cost Center can also be edited at this time.
  7. Select Save.

The department spending quota will now be visible in the Department List view under the Department tab. At the end of the current Prepayment, the Azure EA Portal will maintain the spending quotas for the next Prepayment term.

The department quota amount is independent of the current Azure Prepayment, and the quota amount and alerts apply only to first party usage. The department spending quota is for informational purposes only and doesn't enforce spending limits.

Department administrator to view the quota:

  1. Open the Azure EA Portal.
  2. Select Manage on the left navigation.
  3. Select the Department tab and view the Department List view with spending quotas.

If you're an indirect customer, cost features must be enabled by your channel partner.

Enterprise user roles

The Azure EA portal helps you to administer your Azure EA costs and usage. There are three main roles in the Azure EA portal:

  • EA admin
  • Department administrator
  • Account owner

Each role has a different level of access and authority.

For more information about user roles, see Enterprise user roles.

(Video) Managing Departments in the Azure Portal

Add an Azure EA account

The Azure EA account is an organizational unit in the Azure EA portal. It's used to administer subscriptions and it's also used for reporting. To access and use Azure services, you need to create an account or have one created for you.

For more information about Azure accounts, see Add an account.

Enterprise Dev/Test Offer

As an Azure enterprise administrator, you can enable account owners in your organization to create subscriptions based on the EA Dev/Test offer. To do so, select the Dev/Test box for the account owner in the Azure EA Portal.

Once you've checked the Dev/Test box, let the account owner know so that they can set up the EA Dev/Test subscriptions needed for their teams of Dev/Test subscribers.

The offer enables active Visual Studio subscribers to run development and testing workloads on Azure at special Dev/Test rates. It provides access to the full gallery of Dev/Test images including Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

To set up the Enterprise Dev/Test offer:

  1. Sign in as the enterprise administrator.
  2. Select Manage on the left navigation.
  3. Select the Account tab.
  4. Select the row for the account where you would like to enable Dev/Test access.
  5. Select the pencil symbol to the right of the row.
  6. Select the Dev/Test checkbox.
  7. Select Save.

When a user is added as an account owner through the Azure EA Portal, any Azure subscriptions associated with the account owner that are based on either the PAYG Dev/Test offer or the monthly credit offers for Visual Studio subscribers will be converted to the EA Dev/Test offer. Subscriptions based on other offer types, such as PAYG, associated with the Account Owner will be converted to Microsoft Azure Enterprise offers.

The Dev/Test Offer isn't applicable to Azure Gov customers at this time.

Create a subscription

Account owners can view and manage subscriptions. You can use subscriptions to give teams in your organization access to development environments and projects. For example: test, production, development, and staging.

When you create different subscriptions for each application environment, you help secure each environment.

  • You can also assign a different service administrator account for each subscription.
  • You can associate subscriptions with any number of services.
  • The account owner creates subscriptions and assigns a service administrator account to each subscription in their account.

Add a subscription

Use the following information to add a subscription.

The first time you add a subscription to your account, you're asked to accept the Microsoft Online Subscription Agreement (MOSA) and a rate plan. Although they aren't applicable to Enterprise Agreement customers, the MOSA and the rate plan are required to create your subscription. Your Microsoft Azure Enterprise Agreement Enrollment Amendment supersedes the above items and your contractual relationship doesn't change. When prompted, select the box that indicates you accept the terms.

Microsoft Azure Enterprise is the default name when a subscription is created. You can change the name to differentiate it from the other subscriptions in your enrollment, and to ensure that it's recognizable in reports at the enterprise level.

To add a subscription:

  1. In the Azure Enterprise portal, sign in to the account.

  2. Select the Admin tab and then select Subscription at the top of the page.

  3. Verify that you're signed in as the account owner of the account.

  4. Select +Add Subscription and then select Purchase.

    The first time you add a subscription to an account, you must provide your contact information. When you add additional subscriptions, your contact information is added for you.

  5. Select Subscriptions and then select the subscription you created.

  6. Select Edit Subscription Details.

  7. Edit the Subscription Name and the Service Administrator and then select the check mark.

    The subscription name appears on reports. It's the name of the project associated with the subscription in the development portal.

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New subscriptions can take up to 24 hours to appear in the subscriptions list. After you've created a subscription, you can:

Delete subscription

To delete a subscription where you're the account owner:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal with the credentials associated to your account.
  2. On the Hub menu, select Subscriptions.
  3. In the subscriptions tab in the upper left corner of the page, select the subscription you want to cancel and select Cancel Sub to launch the cancel tab.
  4. Enter the subscription name and choose a cancellation reason and select the Cancel Sub button.

Only account administrators can cancel subscriptions.

For more information, see What happens after I cancel my subscription?.

Delete an account

Account removal can only be completed for active accounts with no active subscriptions.

  1. In the Enterprise portal, select Manage on the left navigation.
  2. Select the Account tab.
  3. From the Accounts table, select the Account you would like to delete.
  4. Select the X symbol at the right of the Account row.
  5. Once there are no active subscriptions under the account, select Yes under the Account row to confirm the Account removal.

Update notification settings

Enterprise Administrators are automatically enrolled to receive usage notifications associated to their enrollment. Each Enterprise Administrator can change the interval of the individual notifications or can turn them off completely.

Notification contacts are shown in the Azure EA portal in the Notification Contact section. Managing your notification contacts makes sure that the right people in your organization get Azure EA notifications.

To View current notifications settings:

  1. In the Azure EA portal, navigate to Manage > Notification Contact.
  2. Email Address – The email address associated with the Enterprise Administrator's Microsoft Account, Work, or School Account that receives the notifications.
  3. Unbilled Balance Notification Frequency – The frequency that notifications are set to send to each individual Enterprise Administrator.

To add a contact:

  1. Select +Add Contact.
  2. Enter the email address and then confirm it.
  3. Select Save.

The new notification contact is displayed in the Notification Contact section. To change the notification frequency, select the notification contact and select the pencil symbol to the right of the selected row. Set the frequency to daily, weekly, monthly, or none.

You can suppress approaching coverage period end date and disable and de-provision date approaching lifecycle notifications. Disabling lifecycle notifications suppresses notifications about the coverage period and agreement end date.

The Azure sponsorship offer is a limited sponsored Microsoft Azure account. It's available by e-mail invitation only to limited customers selected by Microsoft. If you're entitled to the Microsoft Azure sponsorship offer, you'll receive an e-mail invitation to your account ID.

If you need assistance, create a support request in the Azure portal.

Conversion to work or school account authentication

Azure Enterprise users can convert from a Microsoft Account (MSA or Live ID) to a Work or School Account (which uses Azure Active Directory) authentication type.

To begin:

  1. Add the work or school account to the Azure EA Portal in the role(s) needed.
  2. If you get errors, the account may not be valid in the active directory. Azure uses User Principal Name (UPN), which isn't always identical to the email address.
  3. Authenticate to the Azure EA portal using the work or school account.

To convert subscriptions from Microsoft accounts to work or school accounts:

  1. Sign in to the management portal using the Microsoft account that owns the subscriptions.
  2. Use account ownership transfer to move to the new account.
  3. Now the Microsoft account should be free from any active subscriptions and can be deleted.
  4. Any deleted account will remain in view in the portal in an inactive status for historic billing reasons. You can filter it out of the view by selecting a check box to show only active accounts.

Azure EA term glossary

  • Account: An organizational unit on the Azure Enterprise portal. It is used to administer subscriptions and for reporting.
  • Account owner: The person who manages subscriptions and service administrators on Azure. They can view usage data on this account and its associated subscriptions.
  • Amendment subscription: A one-year, or coterminous subscription under the enrollment amendment.
  • Prepayment: Prepayment of an annual monetary amount for Azure services at a discounted Prepayment rate for usage against this prepayment.
  • Department administrator: The person who manages departments, creates new accounts and account owners, views usage details for the departments they manage, and can view costs when granted permissions.
  • Enrollment number: A unique identifier supplied by Microsoft to identify the specific enrollment associated with an Enterprise Agreement.
  • Enterprise administrator: The person who manages departments, department owners, accounts, and account owners on Azure. They have the ability to manage enterprise administrators as well as view usage data, billed quantities, and unbilled charges across all accounts and subscriptions associated with the enterprise enrollment.
  • Enterprise agreement: A Microsoft licensing agreement for customers with centralized purchasing who want to standardize their entire organization on Microsoft technology and maintain an information technology infrastructure on a standard of Microsoft software.
  • Enterprise agreement enrollment: An enrollment in the Enterprise Agreement program providing Microsoft products in volume at discounted rates.
  • Microsoft account: A web-based service that enables participating sites to authenticate a user with a single set of credentials.
  • Microsoft Azure Enterprise Enrollment Amendment (enrollment amendment): An amendment signed by an enterprise, which provides them access to Azure as part of their enterprise enrollment.
  • Azure Enterprise portal: The portal used by our enterprise customers to manage their Azure accounts and their related subscriptions.
  • Resource quantity consumed: The quantity of an individual Azure service that was used in a month.
  • Service administrator: The person who accesses and manages subscriptions and development projects on the Azure Enterprise portal.
  • Subscription: Represents an Azure Enterprise portal subscription and is a container of Azure services managed by the same service administrator.
  • Work or school account: For organizations that have set up Azure Active Directory with federation to the cloud and all accounts are on a single tenant.

Enrollment statuses

  • New: This status is assigned to an enrollment that was created within 24 hours and will be updated to a Pending status within 24 hours.

  • Pending: The enrollment administrator needs to sign in to the Azure Enterprise portal. Once signed in, the enrollment will switch to an Active status.

  • Active: The enrollment is Active and accounts and subscriptions can be created in the Azure Enterprise portal. The enrollment will remain active until the Enterprise Agreement end date.

  • Indefinite extended term: An indefinite extended term takes place after the Enterprise Agreement end date has passed. It enables Azure EA customers who are opted in to the extended term to continue to use Azure services indefinitely at the end of their Enterprise Agreement.

    Before the Azure EA enrollment reaches the Enterprise Agreement end date, the enrollment administrator should decide which of the following options to take:

    • Renew the enrollment by adding additional Azure Prepayment.
    • Transfer to a new enrollment.
    • Migrate to the Microsoft Online Subscription Program (MOSP).
    • Confirm disablement of all services associated with the enrollment.
  • Expired: The Azure EA customer is opted out of the extended term, and the Azure EA enrollment has reached the Enterprise Agreement end date. The enrollment will expire, and all associated services will be disabled.

  • Transferred: Enrollments where all associated accounts and services have been transferred to a new enrollment appear with a transferred status.

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    Enrollments don't automatically transfer if a new enrollment number is generated at renewal. You must include your prior enrollment number in your renewal paperwork to facilitate an automatic transfer.

Next steps

  • Read about how virtual machine reservations can help save you money.
  • If you need help with troubleshooting Azure EA portal issues, see Troubleshoot Azure EA portal access.
  • Read the Cost Management + Billing FAQ for questions about EA subscription ownership.


How do I enable cost management in Azure portal? ›

View and enable all policies
  1. In the Azure portal, navigate to Cost Management (not Cost Management + Billing).
  2. In the left menu under Settings, select Configuration.
  3. The billing profile configuration is shown. Policies are shown as Enabled or Disabled. ...
  4. If needed, change the policy settings, and then select Save.
Oct 12, 2022

What is Azure cost management in Azure? ›

What is Azure Cost Management? Azure Cost Management is a free solution offered to Azure cloud customers via the Azure portal. It provides information about your overall costs and utilization across all Azure services and Azure Marketplace products.

How do I access Azure cost management? ›

Sign in to the Azure portal at with an enterprise administrator account. Select the Cost Management + Billing menu item. Select Billing scopes to view a list of available billing scopes and billing accounts.

What is the Azure EA portal? ›

The Azure EA portal is an online management portal that helps customers manage the cost of their Azure EA services. For introductory information about the Azure EA portal, see the Get started with the Azure EA portal article.

Is Azure cost management free? ›

Microsoft Cost Management is available to Azure customers and managed service providers at no additional cost.

What is Azure cost management & Billing? ›

Cost Management + Billing helps you understand your Azure invoice (bill), manage your billing account and subscriptions, monitor and control Azure spending and optimize resource use. Learn how to analyze costs, create and manage budgets, export data, and review and act on recommendations.

What are the 3 pricing models of Azure? ›

Azure Pricing Models

Microsoft offers three main ways to pay for Azure VMs and other cloud resources: pay as you go, reserved instances, and spot instances.

What are the 3 important services offered by Azure? ›

This gives users the flexibility to use their preferred tools and technologies. In addition, Azure offers four different forms of cloud computing: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and serverless functions.

Who has access to Azure Cost Management Tool? ›

Microsoft Cost Management for Azure is provided for free to Azure customers. This service shows all of your subscriptions on one screen, enabling you to zoom in on one particular service to gain detailed information.

Where do customers access the Azure cost management tools? ›

Billing provides all the tools you need to manage your billing account and pay invoices. Cost Management is available from within the Billing experience. It's also available from every subscription, resource group, and management group in the Azure portal.

How do I check my Azure portal cost? ›

To get started analyzing your Azure Monitor charges, open Cost Management + Billing in the Azure portal. Select Cost Management > Cost analysis. Select your subscription or another scope. You might need additional access to cost management data.

What is Microsoft EA subscription? ›

The Microsoft Enterprise Agreement offers the best value to organizations with 500 or more users or devices that want a manageable volume licensing program that gives them the flexibility to buy cloud services and software licenses under one agreement.

What is Azure EA spending limit? ›

The spending limit is equal to the amount of credit. You can't change the amount of the spending limit. For example, if you signed up for Azure free account, your spending limit is $200 and you can't change it to $500. However, you can remove the spending limit.

How do I create Azure EA subscription? ›

Create an EA subscription
  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Navigate to Subscriptions and then select Add.
  3. On the Create a subscription page, on the Basics tab, type a Subscription name.
  4. Select the Billing account where the new subscription will get created.
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Can we use Azure cost management to view cost? ›

To view cost data, you need at least read access for your Azure account. If you have a new subscription, you can't immediately use Cost Management features. It might take up to 48 hours before you can use all Cost Management features.

Can I use Azure for free forever? ›

You can try that with Azure Web Apps. This has a free tier that you can use forever. The only catch is that the free tier isn't as powerful and doesn't have as many capabilities as paid tiers.

Is Azure better than AWS in cost? ›

AWS is up to 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server.

How do I manage billing in Azure portal? ›

Sign in to the Azure portal. Search on Cost Management + Billing. If you have access to just one billing scope, select Properties from the left-hand side. The Billing account type on the properties page determines the type of your account.

Which of the following features are provided by Azure cost management? ›

  • Build and scale with managed Kubernetes.
  • Azure Container Apps. Build and deploy modern apps and microservices using serverless containers.
  • Easily deploy and run containerized web apps on Windows and Linux.
  • Store and manage container images across all types of deployments.
  • Azure Kubernetes Fleet Manager.

What tools can be used to manage Azure budgets and billing accounts? ›

Azure Cost Management has several APIs available, giving you programmatic access to cost and usage data for your Azure resources.
API Reference
  • Azure Consumption Python SDK.
  • Azure Consumption CLI.
  • Azure Consumption . NET SDK.
  • Azure Consumption NodeJS SDK.
  • Azure Consumption Ruby SDK.

What are the 5 functions of cost management? ›

Planning, communication, motivation, appraisal, and decision-making are the features that make managing costs an important business procedure. Resource allocation, cost estimation, cost budgeting, and cost control are the major functions of the cost management process.

What are 5 cost control methods? ›

5 cost control methods
  • Planning the budget properly. One method of cost control that most businesses use when starting a new project is budget management. ...
  • Monitoring all expenses using checkpoints. ...
  • Using change control systems. ...
  • Having time management. ...
  • Tracking earned value.
Apr 13, 2021

What is the 1st phase of cost management? ›

Step 1: Resource planning

This involves the evaluation and planning of the use of the physical, human, financial, and informational resources required to complete work activities and their tasks. Most activities involve using people to perform work. Some activities involve materials and consumables.

How does Azure costing work? ›

In most cases, Azure charges for VMs by the minute. You pay only for the time that a VM instance is running; there is no cost for instances that you configure but are not running. The type of pricing model you choose. There are multiple pricing models for Azure VMs.

What are the 5 types of pricing? ›

The 5 most common pricing strategies
  • Cost-plus pricing. Calculate your costs and add a mark-up.
  • Competitive pricing. Set a price based on what the competition charges.
  • Price skimming. Set a high price and lower it as the market evolves.
  • Penetration pricing. ...
  • Value-based pricing.

What are the pricing tiers in Azure? ›

Tiers include Free, Basic, Standard, and Storage Optimized.

What is the most used Azure service? ›

Top 10 Microsoft Azure Products and Services
  • Azure DevOps.
  • Azure Blob Storage.
  • Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Azure Backup.
  • Azure Cosmos DB.
  • Azure Logic Apps.
  • Azure Active Directory.
  • API management.

What is Azure mainly used for? ›

At its core, Azure is a public cloud computing platform—with solutions including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) that can be used for services such as analytics, virtual computing, storage, networking, and much more.

What are the 4 service categories provided by Microsoft Azure? ›

A public cloud computing platform, Microsoft Azure offers infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and a serverless model.

What are two Azure management tools that you can use? ›

In addition to the graphical user interface offered at the Azure Portal, we have the ability to manage and interact with Azure via Azure Powershell, Azure Command Line Interface (CLI), Azure Cloud Shell, and the Azure Mobile Application available on iOS and Android platforms.

What is cost analysis tool for Azure? ›

Cost analysis is a tool in Azure Cost Management that allows you to view aggregated costs over a period. This view can help you understand your spending trends. View costs at different scopes, such as for a resource group or specific resource tags. Cost Analysis provides built-in charts and custom views.

Which benefits of Azure cloud Services supports cost management? ›

Which benefit of Azure Cloud Services supports cost management for this type of usage pattern? Explanation: The elasticity of the cloud service would be able to automatically adjust the resources as per the need of the client.

What are two Azure management tools that you can use to manage the settings of a web app from an Iphone? ›

Some of these tools include:
  • Azure Portal.
  • Azure Powershell.
  • Azure Command-line (CLI)
  • Azure Cloud Shell.
  • Azure Resource Manager.
  • Azure Advisor.

Which cost management tools are helpful when you have an ongoing Azure subscription? ›

Top Seven Azure Cost Management Tools
  • Azure Cost Management. ...
  • Spot by NetApp. ...
  • CloudHealth by VMware. ...
  • Apptio Cloudability. ...
  • OneView Cloud Expense Management. ...
  • Cloud Cost Management by myCloudDoctor. ...
  • nOps Azure Cost Optimization. ...
  • The Bottom Line.

Is Azure Portal free? ›

Do I pay anything to start with the Azure free account? No. Starting is free. You won't be charged anything unless you decide to move to pay-as-you-go pricing.

What happens if I don't pay Microsoft Azure subscription? ›

If I forget to pay, what happens? The service is canceled and your resources are no longer available. Your Azure data is deleted 90 days after the service is terminated. To learn more, see Microsoft Trust Center - How we manage your data.

Do Azure enterprise applications cost money? ›

There is no additional charge to publish managed applications on the Azure Marketplace.

Does an EA account cost anything? ›

EA Play on Xbox One / Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S

It is exactly the same price for standalone EA Play membership on an Xbox console as it is on PlayStation - £3.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 per month or £19.99 / $29.99 / €24.99 for 12 months.

Do you have to pay for your EA account? ›

EA does not charge any fees for the activation or use of your EA Wallet. You may only open, access and use one EA Wallet at a time.

What is the difference between Azure subscription EA and CSP? ›

With the traditional EA, you'll work directly with Microsoft, and the level of support you receive depends on what you include in your agreement. If you opt for a CSP agreement, you'll work with your chosen partner for support rather than with Microsoft.

Who has access to Azure cost management Tool? ›

Microsoft Cost Management for Azure is provided for free to Azure customers. This service shows all of your subscriptions on one screen, enabling you to zoom in on one particular service to gain detailed information.

How do I activate Azure Rights management? ›

Activate protection from the Azure portal
  1. Go to and sign in to the Azure portal. Then navigate to the Azure Information Protection pane. ...
  2. Locate the Manage menu options, and select Protection activation. Click Activate, and then confirm your action.

What is required to use Azure cost management AZ 900? ›

Explanation. Azure customers with an Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA), Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA), or Microsoft Partner Agreement (MPA) can use Azure Cost Management.


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