Managing Microsoft Azure subscriptions in the Provide™ portal

The ProvideTM portal enables tenants to manage their own Microsoft Azure subscriptions. The portal's My Azure feature provides:

  • A graphical presentation of the current month-to-date and forecast expenditure for a selected Azure subscription, together with a more detailed breakdown by category.
  • Historical monthly Azure expenditure presentations.
  • The option to order a new Azure subscription.
  • Links to the following,
    • Microsoft's Azure portal.
    • Microsoft's Operations Management Suite (OMS) portal.
    • Microsoft's Role Based Access Control facility on the Azure portal.
    • Cloud Health Technologies

This article shows how to:

Accessing My Azure

To access My Azure in the ProvideTM portal, proceed as follows.

  1. Open an internet browser and enter the following URL, https://provide.clouddirect.net.

The Cloud Direct Provide™ portal LOGIN page appears.

  1. Enter your Email address and Password, then click Sign in.

The portal opens.

  1. In the top right-hand corner of the screen, click MY ACCOUNT and, from the dropdown options, click My Azure.

The My Azure page opens.

The My Azure display

The My Azure display comprises a horizontal menu bar, followed by a graphical display of Azure usage for the current month together with an itemised breakdown of services and costs. See Viewing Azure monthly usage data below for further information.

The horizontal menu bar shows seven blue buttons, one green button, and a Help icon.

The first two blue buttons show the tenant company and subscription identifier.

The third blue button is the Time button. This enables different month viewing.

The remaining blue buttons provide useful links:

  • Azure Dashboard – Opens the currently selected tenant's Microsoft Azure Dashboard in a new tab. Azure credentials will be required for the log in.
  • OMS Portal – Opens the currently selected tenant's Microsoft Operations Management Suite portal in a new tab.
  • Role Based Access Control – Opens the currently selected tenant's Azure Dashboard on the Access Control page. From here you can manage who has access to Azure resources, what they can do with those resources, and what areas they have access to.
  • CloudHealth – Opens the www.cloudhealthtech.com/login page in a new tab. CloudHealth is a third-party company that provides Cloud Computing data analysis, helping customers to report on costs, project future spends and plan their business models).

The single green button is the New subscription button. This opens a modal dialog allowing you to request a new Azure subscription. See Ordering a new Azure subscription below.

At the far right-hand end of the menu bar, there's a Help icon.

Note:
As with all other areas in the Provide portal, if you have any queries while using My Azure, you can click the LiveChat icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your display, to speak directly with a Cloud Direct representative.

 

Viewing Azure monthly usage data

It's important for a business to see costs associated with their Azure usage. On accessing My Azure, the display shows a graph of Azure usage for the current month together with an itemised breakdown of services and costs. The graph displays cumulative spending in two colours; blue indicates the actual Month-to-date spend in GBP, while red indicates the spend Forecast for the rest of the month.

Note:
The Forecast estimate is based on actual usage data gathered live from the Microsoft Azure Reporting servers and pro-rated to a full month's estimated usage. For a historic month you may notice a small difference to your actual invoiced service charge for the same period due to timing and rounding discrepancies. The reported monthly usage period is from the 2nd day of each month up to and including the 1st day of the following month and cannot be changed.

Viewing data from a previous month

To view data from a previous month, click the Time button and, from the dropdown options, click the required month.

Viewing data from another Azure subscription

Each tenant owns one or more Azure subscriptions. If you have more than one subscription then, to view a different subscription, click the blue Subscription button. From the dropdown options, click the required subscription.

Note:
If you have access to more than one tenant then you can view a different tenant by clicking the blue Tenant button, and, from the dropdown options, clicking the required tenant.

 

Ordering a new Azure subscription

To order a new Azure subscription proceed as follows.

  1. From within My Azure, on the horizontal menu bar, click the New subscription button.

The New Azure Subscription form appears.

Note:
There may be zero, one, or more Subscription Owners or Subscription Contributors. For additional information, see Microsoft's Built-in roles in Azure document for details of the built-in owner and contributor roles.

  1. Complete entries on this form as follows,
    1. Grant owner permission to – Enter, in this free-text box, what permissions you would like the owner to have. (The default is for the owner to manage everything, including access to resources).  
    2. Grant contributor permission to – Enter, in this free-text box, what permissions you would like the contributor to have. (The default is for the contributor to manage everything except access to resources).  
    3. Subscription nickname – Enter a user-friendly name (E.g. 'Bath Office Azure Sub') to use instead of the user-unfriendly Subscription ID (E.g. 442442C0-442D-4429-4420-442442442442).
    4. Usage spending budget total – The spending budget, or maybe better termed, quota, is the total cost of all your Azure subscriptions. Drag the slider to change the figure.

Note:
The Usage spending budget figure is for informational use only, so that you can see if you are overspending. If you exceed this usage figure, you will automatically receive an email alert. Resource usage will continue as normal, no services are interrupted.

  1. Click Create subscription.

A new Azure subscription is created, and Cloud Direct auto-tasked to update the account administration details. You will then be notified when the new subscription can be used.