Set an Azure spending budget for your customers

Applies to

  • Partner Center
  • Partner Center for Microsoft Cloud for US Government
  • Partner Center for Microsoft Cloud Germany

To help customers manage their Azure spending, you can set a monthly spending budget so that their Azure bill isn’t higher than they anticipated. Setting an Azure spending budget allows you to compare your customers' Azure spending to the budget during the month. With this feature, you can:

  • Be notified by email if a customer's spending is near the budget limit
  • Review your customers’ estimated Azure costs per month
  • Spot a misconfigured service, or unusual usage trends that might suggest fraud
  • Work with the customer to identify the root issue and manage costs
  • Change the budget to a higher amount if you and your customer are comfortable with it

The Azure spending data is an estimate, actual billing amounts may vary, and the value does not reflect taxes, credits, adjustments, or other charges that may apply. Spending data is refreshed once per day. Customers will continue to use—and be charged for—Azure services and resources unless you change their account settings in the Azure portal.

Note This feature is not available in sandbox or Test in Production (TIP) accounts.

Turn on email notifications

  1. From the Dashboard menu, select Azure spending.
  2. Toggle on the Get emails option to be notified when customers use 80% or more of their budget. This will help you keep an eye on your Azure bill. You can change the default email address to a personal or any other email to receive notifications.

Set a budget

  1. From the Dashboard menu, select Azure spending.
  2. Select the customer(s) you want to set a budget for.
  3. Enter a value in the Monthly budget box and then select Apply.
  4. To check current spending, return to this page.
  5. Individual budgets can also be set under Usage-based subscriptions on a customer management page.

Remove a budget

  1. From the Dashboard menu, select Azure spending.
  2. Select customers from the list.
  3. Select Remove budget.

See itemized costs

  1. From the Dashboard menu, select Customers.
  2. From the customer list, select a customer.
  3. On their customer management page, under Usage-based subscriptions, choose a subscription. View its current estimated usage and a list of itemized costs by service.