Set, check, or remove monthly Azure spending budgets for customers in Partner Center

Applies to:

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

You can set a monthly Azure spending budget for your customers in Partner Center. This helps your customers manage their Azure spending. This option allows you to compare your customers' Azure spending to the budget during the month. It also helps your customers to budget their Azure spending so their monthly bill isn't higher than they anticipate.

Note

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

After you set an Azure spending budget for your customer(s), you can also review customer usage in the following ways. These options may help you spot misconfigured services or unusual trends that might suggest fraud. You can then work with your customer(s) to identify the root cause and manage costs. If necessary, you can also change the customer's budget to a higher amount.

You can also remove an Azure spending budget for customer(s) at any time.

Azure spending data

The Azure spending data is an estimate and actual billing amounts may vary. The data's value doesn't reflect taxes, credits, adjustments, or other charges that may apply.

The spending data is refreshed once per day. Your customers can continue to use (and be charged for) Azure services and resources, unless you change their account settings in the Azure portal.

Set Azure spending budget

You can set a monthly Azure spending budget for multiple customers in Partner Center:

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center dashboard.

  2. In the left-hand menu under CSP, choose Azure spending.

  3. On the Azure spending page, under Customers with Microsoft Azure subscriptions, select the customer(s) for whom you want to set a budget.

  4. Enter a value for Monthly budget.

  5. Choose Apply to save your changes.

You can also set a budget for an individual customer in their subscription settings:

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center dashboard.

  2. In the left-hand menu under CSP, choose Customers.

  3. On the Customers page, select the customer's Company name.

  4. On the customer's Subscriptions page, under Usage-based subscription, choose Change budget.

  5. Enter a value for the budget.

  6. Choose Apply to save your changes.

Remove Azure spending budget

You can remove a monthly Azure spending budget for your customer(s) in Partner Center:

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center dashboard.

  2. In the left-hand menu under CSP, choose Azure spending.

  3. On the Azure spending page, under Customers with Microsoft Azure subscriptions, select the customer(s) whose budget you want to remove.

  4. Choose Remove budget.

Check current Azure spending

You can track your customers' current Azure spending and monthly budgets at any time:

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center dashboard.

  2. In the left-hand menu under CSP, choose Azure spending.

  3. On the Azure spending page, under Customers with Microsoft Azure subscriptions, you can see an overview of customers' monthly budgets, current spending estimates and percentage of budget used.

Notifications for budget limits

You can turn on email notifications for when your customer's monthly spending is nearing their budget limit. When you turn on this option, you will be notified when customers use 80% or more of their monthly budget. This option helps you can keep an eye on your Azure bill. To configure email notifications:

  1. Sign in to Partner Center.

  2. In the left-hand menu under CSP, choose Azure spending.

  3. On the Azure spending page, under Email notifications, toggle the Get emails setting to On.

  4. Choose Change email address to see the email address for notifications.

  5. If the email address isn't correct, enter the correct email address and choose Update. If the email address is correct, choose Cancel.

Itemized costs by service

You can view itemized costs (and estimated usage) by service for usage-based subscriptions:

  1. Sign in to Partner Center.

  2. In the left-hand menu under CSP, choose Customers.

  3. On the Customers page, select the customer's Company name.

  4. On the customer's Subscriptions page, under Usage-based subscriptions, select the name of the Subscription.

  5. On the subscription's page, you can review the Itemized costs by service, and the Estimated usage for the current month.