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CSP - Azure Business Processing

Mark Adams
Nov 10, 2017 1:03:52 PM

Why do this..

The Azure service, subscriptions and users can be created and updated in Cloudmore without the need to access the Azure portal.  These are created and managed in real time and any changes are applied instantly.   You will be able to see a detailed cost breakdown (managed via the Azure margin) for both current and previous periods. 

New customers and usage of amounts for existing customers will automatically be added to the billing report at the end of the billing cycle and will be invoiced the correct amount. 

Your customers can also self-serve via Cloudmore, enabling them to add new services and manage existing services 24/7.  

The API connection with the Azure Portal is bi-directional.  If subscriptions and users are created in the Azure Portal they will automatically show in Cloudmore. 


CSP - Azure Business Processing

Follow the instructions below to learn how to add new and manage existing Azure services.

1. Add Azure service 

**The steps explained below can be carried out at reseller level or by customers**

From Cloud Service Broker menu>Manage organizations > Organizations, find or add (add organization) the customer adding the new 0365 tenant.

Go to the e-store, by clicking on the Actions icon and click on Add service


Find the Azure service.
Click add service.


Verify that you want to add the service, and click add service

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No charges are incurred at this stage.
The service will be created, show in the Azure portal, and will be available immediately.

2. Add Subscription 

**The steps explained below can be carried out at  reseller level or by customers**

Note: A Subscription is a billing container for deployed Microsoft Azure services.

Go to My Services, Azure, Subscriptions from the left menu


And then click add subscription.

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Name: -  Name of subscription (billing container) – billing reports are grouped by this.
Assign to user:- Allocate contributor rights.  Other users can be added - see step 3.

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Click create subscription.
The subscription will now show in the subscription list.
This can be edited by clicking on the Actions button and then clicking on the pencil icon.


3. Add users and assign subscription

Go to My Services, Azure, users from the left menu.


One user will automatically be created (this is the admin created when adding the tenant)
If the tenant has existing users in the partner center, they will be displayed.
To add a new user, click new user.  


Complete the form.
If the generate automatic password is ticked, enter the email address required for this to be sent to.


If the generate automatic password is unticked enter the password for this user.

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Click create user
The new user will now be displayed in the list.


To assign an individual user, click on the AzureUserAction icon.

Tick the subscription(s) for assigning and click subscribe.

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The user Is now assigned with contributor rights to the subscription and can now log in to the Azure portal to create/start/stop new Azure services under the assigned subscription.

4. Billing Report

Go to My Services, Azure, billing from the left menu.

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The chart displayed at the top of the page shows a summary of the total billing costs for the last five months. 

Note:- All amounts shown are based on the cost price plus margin set in The Azure Pricing Management Guide


Load Forecast allows for the loading of chart data for “This month so far” and “Forecast this month".


Invoices will show a breakdown of  current and historic invoices. Select one or more invoices then click Get details to retrieve the data.


All the reports will show the following: - 

Breakdown per category

Based on the date range selected Cloudmore will display a breakdown by category.

Note:- The categories are pre-defined by Microsoft.

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View detail

The billing report will be grouped by: -

  • Date - One billing report per billing cycle within selected date range will be displayed. This will show the total invoice amount. Click on date to expand.  If  custom period is ticked, one consolidated report will display
  • Subscription - The report is automatically grouped per subscription and shows the invoice amount. Click on subscription to expand.
  • Category - The report is automatically grouped per subscription
  • Detail – This will show a line item for each type of resource / daily usage period e.g. – Data Transfer Out / In, Gateway hours, IP hours. Each line item will have a quantity and rate.  

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Export the report to see more details by clicking on the Azure Business Processing21.png icon, above the report to the right.

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