CSP Azure Customer Self-Service
by Dyfed Wallis, on May 21, 2018 11:39:20 AM
1. Add Azure service
Go to your e-store, via the left-hand menu.
Find the Azure service.
Click add service.
Verify that you want to add the service, and click add service.
No charges are incurred at this stage.
The service will be created, show in the Azure portal, and will be available immediately.
2. Add Subscription
Note: A Subscription is a billing container for deployed Microsoft Azure services.
Go to My Services, Azure, subscriptions from the left menu.
And then click add subscription.
Complete the form
Name: - Name of subscription (billing container) – billing reports are grouped by this name.
Assign to user:- Allocate contributor rights.
Click create subscription.
The subscription will now show in the subscription list.
This can be edited by clicking on the Actions drop down menu and clicking Edit
3. Add users and assign subscription
Go to My Services, Azure, Users from the left hand menu.
One user will automatically be created (this is the admin created when adding the tenant)
If the tenant has existing users in the partner centre, they will be displayed here.
To add a new user, click new user
Complete the form.
If you tick generate automatic password, enter the email address you want this sent to.
If you untick generate automatic password, enter the password for this user.
Click create user.
The new user will now be displayed in the list.
To subscribe an individual user, click on the Actions and then click Subscriptions
Tick the subscription(s) you wish to assign and click subscribe. If multiple subscriptions are available they will display in the list.
The user Is now assigned with contributor rights to the subscription and can now log in to the Azure portal to create/start/stop new Azure services under the assigned subscription.
4. Billing report
Go to My Services, Azure, billing from the left hand menu.
The chart displayed at the top of the page shows a summary of the total billing costs for the last five months.
Load Forecast allows you to load the chart data for “Current period” and “Forecast"
You will see a list of all available invoices. Select one or more invoices then click Get details to retrieve the data. Use this report to reconcile your invoice.
4.1 Report Details
Breakdown per category
For all reports Cloudmore will display a breakdown by category.
Note:- The categories are pre-defined by Microsoft.
The billing report will be grouped by: -
- Date - One billing report per billing cycle within selected date range will be displayed. This will show the total invoice amount. Click on date to expand. If you tick custom period, one consolidated report will display
- Subscription - The report is automatically grouped per subscription and shows the invoice amount. Click on subscription to expand.
- Category - The report is automatically grouped per category
Export the report to see a more detailed breakdown by clicking on the icon, above the report to the right.
The file will download automatically.
5. Azure Usage report
Follow the instructions below to learn how to run the Azure usage report. .
The Azure usage report enables you to see Azure consumption and cost detail for completed billing periods and the current, un-billed period. This helps you understand the detailed breakdown of Azure costs; what resources have incurred costs and allows onwards charging to specific projects and cost centres.
Cloudmore generates a powerful export that enables you to see the quantity of each resource consumed, the rate, the resource name, resource group and any TAGS that have been added.
The usage report combines data from 3 different Microsoft API’s. Due to Microsoft restrictions with the data they make available the usage report may not match 100% with the invoice report.
1. Go to My Services
Select Azure > Azure usage report
2. Select Azure usage report
Select Billing Period or Ongoing Period
3. Select the period
Usage data is automatically grouped by Invoice dates. Click on the billing period you want added to the report. Multiple periods can be added as required.
To remove a period, under selected periods, click on the period you wish to remove.
Click get details.
NOTE: - The ongoing period option will display data since the last billing period to the current date.
4. Report Details
Summary data will be displayed that shows a graphical breakdown of total costs per category.
The report will show summary of usage costs per subscription and per category.
5. Export Data
To export the full data set, click on the icon and select the export format required.
The data will be exported to your downloads folder.
This powerful data set will enable you to manipulate the data as required. Data can be sorted and grouped by subscription, TAGS, resource name and resource group. Enabling costs to be monitored and allocated as required.