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Set up Windows Azure billing alerts

Updated: October 30, 2013

The feature described in this topic is available only in preview. To use this feature and other new Windows Azure capabilities, see Preview Features.

If you’re the Account Administrator for a Windows Azure subscription, you can set up email alerts when a subscription reaches a spending threshold you choose. Alerts are currently not available for subscriptions associated with a commitment plan.

To view and set up alerts, go to the Account Center click Subscriptions, select the subscription you want to work with, and then click Alerts. You can set up a total of five billing alerts per subscription, with a different threshold and up to two email recipients for each alert.

Setting the alert threshold and email recipients

When you set up an alert, you give it a unique name, choose a spending threshold, and choose the email addresses where alerts will be sent. When setting up the threshold, you can choose either a Billing Total or a Monetary Credit from the Alert For list. For a billing total, an alert is sent when subscription spending exceeds the threshold. For a monetary credit, an alert is sent when monetary credits drop below the limit. Monetary credits usually apply to free trials and subscriptions associated with MSDN accounts.

Azure supports any email address but doesn’t verify that the email address works, so double-check for typos.

Checking up on alerts

After you set up alerts, the Account Center lists them and shows how many more you can set up. For each alert, you see the date and time it was sent, whether it’s an alert for Billing Total or Monetary Credit, and the limit you set up. The date and time format is 24-hour Universal Time Coordinate (UTC) and the date is yyyy-mm-dd format. Click the plus sign for an alert in the list to edit it, or click the trash can to delete it.

Billing Alerts Setup

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