Set an Azure spending budget for a customer

You can set up a monthly spending budget to help a customer manage their Azure costs. A spending budget can help a customer ensure that their Azure bill isn't higher than they had anticipated.

This feature includes:

  • Email notifications if a customer is nearing a spending limit.
  • Review of a customer's estimated costs per month.
  • Notifications of unusual usage trends that might suggest fraud.
  • Cost management and identification of root issues.

Azure spending data is an estimate. Actual billing amounts might vary. Azure spending data does not include taxes, credits, adjustments, and so on. Spending data is refreshed once each day.


This feature is not available in sandbox accounts or in production test accounts.


Creating a budget does not stop a customer from going over the set spending limit, or from being charged for additional services. A budget is only a preventative tool.

Turn on email notifications

  1. On the Microsoft Partner Center Dashboard menu, select Azure spending.

    Select Azure spending

  2. Under Get emails, select On. With this setting turned on, you are notified if the customer uses 80 percent or more of their budget. This can help you monitor the customer's Azure bill. Make sure that the default email address is one that you will monitor for notifications.

    Turn the Get emails setting to On

Set a budget

  1. On the Dashboard menu, select Azure spending.

  2. Select a customer.

  3. In the Monthly budget box, enter a value, and then select Apply.

    Enter a value for Monthly budget

  4. To check current spending, return to the Azure spending page.

You also can set a spending budget for a customer on the customer management page, under Usage-based subscriptions.

See itemized costs

  1. On the Dashboard menu, select Customers, and then select a customer.

  2. Select Subscriptions, and then select the subscription.

    Select a subscription

On a customer management page, under Usage-based subscriptions, select a subscription. You can view the current estimated usage for the subscription, and see a list of itemized costs by service.

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