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CSP - Azure Business Processing

by Mark Adams, on Nov 10, 2017 1:03:52 PM

Why do this..

The Azure service, subscriptions and users can be created and updated in Cloudmore without the need to access the Azure portal.  These are created and managed in real time and any changes are applied instantly.   You will be able to see a detailed cost breakdown (managed via the Azure margin) for both current and previous periods. 

New customers and usage of amounts for existing customers will automatically be added to the billing report at the end of the billing cycle and will be invoiced the correct amount. 

Your customers can also self-serve via Cloudmore, enabling them to add new services and manage existing services 24/7.  

The API connection with the Azure Portal is bi-directional.  If subscriptions and users are created in the Azure Portal they will automatically show in Cloudmore. 


CSP - Azure Business Processing

Follow the instructions below to learn how to add new and manage existing Azure services.

1. Add Azure service 

**The steps explained below can be carried out at both reseller level or by your customers**

From reseller>organizations, find or add (add organization) the customer you want to add the new 0365 tenant.

Go to their e-store, by clicking on the Azure Business Processing1.png  icon

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Find the Azure service.
Click add service.

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Verify that you want to add the service, and click add service

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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 

**The steps explained below can be carried out at both reseller level or by your customers**

Note: A Subscription is a billing container for deployed Microsoft Azure services.

Go to My Services, Azure, subscriptions from the left menu

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And then click add subscription.

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Name: -  Name of subscription (billing container) – billing reports are grouped by this.
Assign to user:- Allocate contributor rights.  Other users can be added - see step 3.

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Click create subscription.
The subscription will now show in the subscription list.
This can be edited by clicking on the pencil action icon.

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3. Add users and assign subscription

Go to My Services, Azure, users from the left menu.

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One user will automatically be created (this is the admin created when adding the tenant)
If the tenant has existing users in the partner center, they will be displayed here.
To add a new user, click new user.  

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Complete the form.
If you tick generate automatic password, enter the email address you want this sent to.

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If you untick generate automatic password, enter the password for this user.

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Click create user
The new user will now be displayed in the list.

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To assign an individual user, click on the Azure Business Processing1.png icon.

Tick the subscription(s) you wish to assign and click subscribe.

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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 menu.

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The chart displayed at the top of the page shows a summary of the total billing costs for the last five months. 

Note:- All amounts shown are based on the cost price plus margin set in The Azure Pricing Management Guide


Load Overview allows you to load the chart data for “This month so far” and “Forecast this month.


Select one of the three report options. Invoice data, Custom Billing Period or Ongoing Period, to retrieve the relevant billing data. 


Invoice Data will show a breakdown of your current and historic invoices. Select one or more invoices then click Get details to retrieve the data.


Custom Billing Period lets you specify a custom date range regardless of invoice date


  • This month will set the date range first day to last day of the current month.
  • Last month will set the date range first day to last day of the previous month.
  • Custom range allows you to select multiple months and will display a billing report for each month.

Ongoing Period will display costs so far during the current billing period.

All the reports with show the following: - 

Breakdown per category

Based on the date range selected Cloudmore will display a breakdown by category.

Note:- The categories are pre-defined by Microsoft.

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View detail

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 subscription
  • Detail – This will show a line item for each type of resource / daily usage period e.g. – Data Transfer Out / In, Gateway hours, IP hours. Each line item will have a quantity and rate.  

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Export the report to see more details by clicking on the Azure Business Processing21.png icon, above the report to the right.

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Topics:Business processing