Terms in the Azure usage and charges file for a Microsoft Customer Agreement

This article applies to a billing account for a Microsoft Customer Agreement. Check if you have access to a Microsoft Customer Agreement.

The Azure usage and charges CSV file contains daily and meter-level usage charges for the current billing period.

To get your Azure usage and charges file, see View and download Azure usage and charges for your Microsoft Customer Agreement. It's available in a comma-separated values (.csv) file format that you can open in a spreadsheet application.

Usage charges are the total monthly charges on a subscription. The usage charges don't take into account any credits or discounts.

Changes from Azure EA usage and charges

If you were an EA customer, you'll notice that the terms in the Azure billing profile usage CSV file differ from the terms in the Azure EA usage CSV file. Here's a mapping of EA usage terms to billing profile usage terms:

Azure EA usage CSV Microsoft Customer Agreement Azure usage and charges CSV
Date date
Month date
Day date
Year date
Product product
MeterId meterID
MeterCategory meterCategory
MeterSubCategory meterSubCategory
MeterRegion meterRegion
MeterName meterName
ConsumedQuantity quantity
ResourceRate effectivePrice
ExtendedCost cost
ResourceLocation resourceLocation
ConsumedService consumedService
InstanceId instanceId
ServiceInfo1 serviceInfo1
ServiceInfo2 serviceInfo2
AdditionalInfo additionalInfo
Tags tags
StoreServiceIdentifier N/A
DepartmentName invoiceSection
CostCenter costCenter
UnitOfMeasure unitofMeasure
ResourceGroup resourceGroup
ChargesBilledSeparately isAzureCreditEligible

Detailed terms and descriptions

The following terms are shown in the Azure usage and charges file.

Term Description
invoiceId The unique document ID listed on the invoice PDF
previousInvoiceId Reference to an original invoice if this line item is a refund
billingAccountName Name of the Billing account
billingAccountId Unique identifier for the root billing account
billingProfileId Name of the billing profile that is accruing the charges that are invoiced
billingProfileName Unique identifier for the Billing Profile that is accruing the charges that are invoiced
invoiceSectionId Unique identifier for the Invoice section
invoiceSectionName Name of the invoice section
costCenter The cost center defined on the subscription for tracking costs (only available in open billing periods)
billingPeriodStartDate The start date of the billing period for which the invoice is generated
billingPeriodEndDate The end date of the billing period for which the invoice is generated
servicePeriodStartDate The start date of the rating period which has defined and locked pricing for the consumed or purchased service
servicePeriodEndDate The end date of the rating period which has defined and locked pricing for the consumed or purchased service
date For Azure and Marketplace usage-based charges, this is the rating date. For one-time purchases (Reservations, Marketplace) or fixed recurring charges (support offers), this is the purchase date.
serviceFamily Service family that the service belongs to
productOrderId Unique identifier for the product order
productOrderName Unique name for the product order
consumedService Name of the consumed service
meterId The unique identifier for the meter
meterName The name of the meter
meterCategory Name of the classification category for the meter. For example, Cloud services, Networking, etc.
meterSubCategory Name of the meter sub-classification category
meterRegion Name of the region where the meter for the service is available. Identifies the location of the data center for certain services that are priced based on data center location.
offer Name of the offer purchased
PayGPrice Retail price for the resource.
PricingModel Identifier indicating how the meter is priced (Values: On Demand, Reservation, Spot)
productId Unique identifier for the product accruing the charges
product Name of the product accruing the charges
subscription ID Unique identifier for the subscription accruing the charges
subscriptionName Name of the subscription accruing the charges
reservationId Unique identifier for the purchased reservation instance
reservationName Name of the purchased reservation instance
publisherType Type of publisher (Values: firstParty, thirdPartyReseller, thirdPartyAgency)
publisherName Publisher for Marketplace services
resourceGroupId Unique identifier for the resource group associated with the resource
resourceGroupName Name of the resource group associated with the resource
resourceId Unique identifier for the resource instance
resourceType Type of resource instance
resourceLocation Identifies the location of the data center where the resource is running.
location Normalized location of the resource if different resource locations are configured for the same regions
quantity The number of units purchased or consumed
unitOfMeasure The unit of measure for billing for the service. For example, compute services are billed per hour.
chargeType The type of charge. Values:
  • AsCharged-Usage: Charges that are accrued based on usage of an Azure service. This includes usage against VMs that are not charged because of reserved instances.
  • AsCharged-PurchaseMarketplace: Either one-time or fixed recurring charges from Marketplace purchases
  • AsCharged-UsageMarketplace: Charges for Marketplace services that are charged based on units of consumption
isAzureCreditEligible Flag that indicates if the charge against the service is eligible to be paid for using Azure credits (Values: True, False)
serviceInfo1 Service-specific metadata
serviceInfo2 Legacy field that captures optional service-specific metadata
additionalInfo Additional service-specific metadata.
tags Tags you assign to the resource

Make sure that charges are correct

If you want to make sure that the charges in your detailed usage file are correct, you can verify them. See Understand the charges on your billing profile's invoice

Check access to a Microsoft Customer Agreement

Check the agreement type to determine whether you have access to a billing account for a Microsoft Customer Agreement.

  1. Go to the Azure portal to check for billing account access. Search for and select Cost Management + Billing.

    Screenshot that shows an Azure portal search for Cost Management + Billing.

  2. If you have access to just one billing scope, select Properties from the menu. You have access to a billing account for a Microsoft Customer Agreement if the billing account type is Microsoft Customer Agreement.

    Microsoft Customer Agreement, Billing Account Type, Properties, Microsoft Azure portal

  3. If you have access to multiple billing scopes, check the type in the billing account column. You have access to a billing account for a Microsoft Customer Agreement if the billing account type for any of the scopes is Microsoft Customer Agreement.

    Microsoft Customer Agreement, Billing Account Type, Billing account list, Microsoft Azure portal

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