A great feature present in Azure is Azure Cost Management. It will help you to manage your Azure credit, for Visual Studio, Enterprise Agreement, and more recently, CSP subscriptions.

To start, go to Azure Cost Management and create a new budget, on a specific scope. It could be on a subscription or a management group. Provides a name, the reset period, the start date, and expiration date, and, finally, provide the threshold budget that you want to set:

Azure Cost Management /create a new budget

In the next step, Set alerts, we will create an Action group. An action group will give you the opportunity to do a lot of action, based on an alert. Here I’ll just send an email:

Set alerts and create an Action group

But, you can send SMS, send push notifications, call a number, call an Automation runbook, an Azure function, create a ticket in an TSM tool, etc…

Add action group

Now, provide the % of the budget when you want to have an alert, and select the action group to call:

Provide the % of the budget

The budget is now set:

The budget is now set

Budget lists

Now, I passed the 70% threshold, so it will generate an alert:

Generate an alert

The alert is visible directly in the Azure portal:

Active alert

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And I received an email too:

Alert email

Don’t forget to use this great (free) feature to monitor your Azure consumption.

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Florent Appointaire
Florent Appointaire is Microsoft Engineer with 5 years of experience, specialized in Cloud Technologies (Public/Hybrid/Private). He is a freelance consultant in Belgium from the beginning of 2017. He is MVP Cloud and Datacentre Management. He is MCSE Private Cloud and Hyper-V certified. His favorite products are SCVMM, SCOM, Windows Azure pack/Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure.