Azure Billing By Services - Current Month Test

Use this test to know the cost of usage of each service that you subscribed to during the current month. Say, the Azure Billing Details - Current Month test reveals an unusually high cloud spend in the current month. In such a scenario, you can compare the metrics that this test reports across services to accurately identify the service because of which your cloud usage cost for the month may have increased significantly. Additionally, the test also reveals whether you over-spent on any service - i.e., whether/not you spent more than you originally budgeted for specific resources in a service. Detailed diagnostics lead you to the exact resources that may inflate the total usage cost of the service in the current month. Using these insights, you can course-correct, so that expenses stay within budget. The insights also help you draw out budgets that are not overly aggressive or ambitious, but are in fact realistic and actually align with real-time cloud usage.

Target of the Test: A Microsoft Azure Subscription

Agent deploying the test: A remote agent

Output of the test:One set of results for every service that the target subscription has used

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameters Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.

Host

The host for which the test is to be configured.

Subscription ID

Specify the GUID which uniquely identifies the Microsoft Azure Subscription to be monitored. To know the ID that maps to the target subscription, do the following:

  1. Login to the Microsoft Azure Portal.

  2. When the portal opens, click on the Subscriptions option (as indicated by Figure 1).

    Figure 1 : Clicking on the Subscriptions option

  3. Figure 2 that appears next will list all the subscriptions that have been configured for the target Azure AD tenant. Locate the subscription that is being monitored in the list, and check the value displayed for that subscription in the Subscription ID column.

    Figure 2 : Determining the Subscription ID

  4. Copy the Subscription ID in Figure 2 to the text box corresponding to the SUBSCRIPTION ID parameter in the test configuration page.

Tenant ID

Specify the Directory ID of the Azure AD tenant to which the target subscription belongs. To know how to determine the Directory ID, refer to Configuring the eG Agent to Monitor the Microsoft Azure App Service

Client ID and Client Password

The eG agent communicates with the target Microsoft Azure Subscription using Java API calls. To collect the required metrics, the eG agent requires an Access token in the form of an Application ID and the client secret value. To know how to determine the Application ID and the key, refer to Configuring the eG Agent to Monitor the Microsoft Azure App Service. Specify the Application ID of the created Application in the Client ID text box and the client secret value in the Client Password text box.

Proxy Host

In some environments, all communication with the Azure cloud be routed through a proxy server. In such environments, you should make sure that the eG agent connects to the cloud via the proxy server and collects metrics. To enable metrics collection via a proxy, specify the IP address of the proxy server and the port at which the server listens against the Proxy Host and Proxy Port parameters. By default, these parameters are set to none, indicating that the eG agent is not configured to communicate via a proxy, by default.

Proxy Username, Proxy Password and Confirm Password

If the proxy server requires authentication, then, specify a valid proxy user name and password in the Proxy Username and Proxy Password parameters, respectively. Then, confirm the password by retyping it in the Confirm Password text box.

Limit Resource Cost

If you want to be alerted if the current month's spend on specific resources has exceeded their budget, then configure a comma-separated list of <Resource_Name>:<Budgeted_Cost_in_USD> pairs in this text box. For instance, your specification can be: adVM:20,AzureMonitor-Test:12,wvdsprin-1:7. This test will then compare the estimated usage cost of the configured resources with the budgeted cost specified here. If the anticipated spend for even one of the configured resources exceeds the specified limit, then the test will report the value Yes for the Are charges exceeding budget? measure, and raise an alert on the same. This way, the test makes sure that you do not spend more than you should on specific resources.

By default, this parameter is set to none. This means that there is no restriction on how much you can spend on resources. By default therefore, the Are charges exceeding budget? measure reports the value No.

DD Frequency

Refers to the frequency with which detailed diagnosis measures are to be generated for this test. The default is 1:1. This indicates that, by default, detailed measures will be generated every time this test runs, and also every time the test detects a problem. You can modify this frequency, if you so desire. Also, if you intend to disable the detailed diagnosis capability for this test, you can do so by specifying none against DD frequency.

Detailed Diagnosis

To make diagnosis more efficient and accurate, the eG Enterprise embeds an optional detailed diagnostic capability. With this capability, the eG agents can be configured to run detailed, more elaborate tests as and when specific problems are detected. To enable the detailed diagnosis capability of this test for a particular server, choose the On option. To disable the capability, click on the Off option.

The option to selectively enable/disable the detailed diagnosis capability will be available only if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The eG manager license should allow the detailed diagnosis capability
  • Both the normal and abnormal frequencies configured for the detailed diagnosis measures should not be 0.
Measures made by the test:
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Current charges for the month

Indicates the cost of using this service during the current month.

USD

Compare the value of this measure across services to identify the exact service on which the maximum amount was spent during the current month.

Use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to know the estimated cost for using each resource in the service. This will point you to the resources that have increased the current month's service usage charges.

Are charges exceeding budget?

Indicates whether/not the estimated charges for using specific resources in this service are exceeding the limit set against the LIMIT RESOURCE COST parameter.

 

The values reported by this measure and its numeric equivalents are mentioned in the table below:

Measure Value Numeric Value

Interpretation

No 0

This value is reported if:

  • The LIMIT RESOURCE COST parameter is set to none; (OR)

  • The estimated usage cost of none of the resources configured against the LIMIT RESOURCE COST parameter has exceeded the corresponding limit set.

Yes 1

This value is reported if the estimated usage cost of even one of the resources configured for monitoring against LIMIT RESOURCE COST paramter runs over its budgeted cost.

Note:

By default, this measure reports the Measure Values listed in the table above to indicate whether/not the cost of usage of specific resources exceeds the pre-configured limit. The graph of this measure however, is represented using the numeric equivalents only.

Use the detailed diagnosis of the Current charges for the month measure to know the estimated cost for using each resource in the service. This will point you to the resources that have increased the current month's service usage charges. If Are charges exceeding budget? measure reports the value Yes for any service, then you can use the detailed diagnosis of the Current charges for the monthmeasure once again, to identify the exact resource on which you will probably be spending more than what was budgeted, by the end of the month.

Figure 3 : The detailed diagnosis of the Current charges for the month measure