Azure Basic Chapter 3: Azure Subscription

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Azure Subscription Overview
  3. Get Azure Subscription
  4. Azure hierarchy
  5. Azure AD
  6. Subscription types
  7. Adding Subscription “Pay-As-You-Go”
  8. Azure Subscription payment details and cost analysis
    8.1. View Payment Details
    8.2. Cost Analysis
    8.3. Budgets
  9. Permissions and RBAC’s
  10. End of Document

Azure Subscription

1. Introduction

Purpose of this document is to explain about basic understanding of Azure Subscription.

2. Azure Subscription Overview

If you want to use any Azure services (Like Virtual Machine, Virtual Network, Database, Web Server etc), you need to pay for it. For this it will require a billing address (email ID & Address) and Payment method (via Credit Card). So Subscription is like opening an account in Azure where you can see charges for your resources and pay the bills.

Subscriptions are of various types, like prepaid and postpaid. Type of subscription will be explained later in this chapter.

Creation of any object in Azure is directly associated to subscription.

3. Get Azure Subscription

To get azure subscription, first you require a Tenant/ Azure Active Directory. See post Azure Active Directory and Create Azure AD.

Without Azure Active Directory/ Tenant, you can’t create Subscription.

4. Azure hierarchy

Below chart explains the hierarchy of objects in Azure.

5. Azure AD

Login to Azure portal https://portal.azure.com and create Azure Active Directory/ Tenant. See post Azure Active Directory and Create Azure AD.

     
Azure Active Directory AAD/ Tenant

6. Subscription types

Below are the types of subscriptions available in Azure.

7. Adding Subscription “Pay-As-You-Go”

Login to portal https://portal.azure.com => All services =>

Auto redirect and login to https://account.azure.com

Payment Information (Credit Card)

Server Usage Address (Address)

Add technical support (as per your requirement)

Agreement

Now you can see “Pay-As-You-Go” subscription

8. Azure Subscription payment details and cost analysis

There are three portals to manage Azure Subscriptions. User should have sufficient permission to see the billing details of that subscription.

  1. https://portal.azure.com
  2. https://account.azure.com
  3. https://ea.azure.com

https://portal.azure.com => select the Subscription (Ex: “Pay-As-You-Go”).

8.1. View Payment Details

You can view payment detail (Like Last billed amount, current cost) once you click on your subscription Ex: “Pay-As-You-Go” => Overview

8.2. Cost Analysis

You can do your cost analysis on the resources and take decisions accordingly.

8.3. Budgets

You can setup budget for monthly, quarterly and yearly and setup thresholds notifications.

Threshold Notification

User should have sufficient permission to see the billing details of that subscription.

9. Permissions and RBAC’s

In Azure permission can be granted at two different levels.

Related posts

See post Azure Active Directory and Create Azure AD

See post Azure Basic Chapter 4: Azure RBAC (Role Based Access control)

10.End of Document

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