Azure Billing Details - Current Month Test

At the end of each month, an Azure cloud consumer will want to determine the total cost of their cloud usage, closely analyze that month's cloud spend, and figure out which resources, resource groups, or services they spent the most on. For this, the Azure Billing Details - Current Month test can be used.

This test reveals how much the monitored subscription has been billed for in the current month. Detailed diagnosis provides the meter-wise break-up of the bill cost, along with the usage quantity. Meters are used to track a resource's usage throughout its lifetime. When you create a single Azure resource, like a virtual machine, it has one or more meter instances created. Meter-level insights lead you to the exact meter instances that contributed to the abnormal cloud spend (if any).

Additionally, the test also reports the total count of resources, resource groups, services, tags, and regions used by the target subscription. Detailed diagnostics reveal the exact names of the entities (i.e, resources, resource groups, services etc.) consumed and the pre-tax cost per entity. If a subscription's usage is abnormally high in any month, then this entity-level visibility will pinpoint which specific entities contributed to it.

Target of the Test: A Microsoft Azure Subscription

Agent deploying the test: A remote agent

Output of the test: One set of results for the target Azure subscription

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.

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

Total billing cost

Indicates the total value (in USD) for which this subscription was billed for its current month's usage.

USD

If the value of this measure is abnormally high, then use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to view the meter-wise break-up of the cost and usage quantity. This will point you to those meters that were utilized excessively during the current month, thus contributing to the high cloud spend.

Total used resource groups

Indicates the total number of resource groups used by the target subscription.

Number

Azure Resources Groups are logical collections of virtual machines, storage accounts, virtual networks, web apps, databases, and/or database servers. Typically, users will group related resources for an application, divided into groups for production and non-production — but you can subdivide further as needed.

Use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to know which resource groups were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each resource group. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those resource groups that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Total used resources

Indicates the total number of resources used by the target subscription during the current month.

Number

A resource is a manageable item that is available through Azure. Virtual machines, storage accounts, web apps, databases, and virtual networks are examples of resources.

Use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to know which resources were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each resource. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those resources that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Total used services

Indicates the total number of services used by the target subscription during the current month.

Number

Use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to know which services were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each service. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those services that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Total used tags

Indicates the total number of tags used by the target subscription during the current month.

Number

Tags are name and value pairs that enable you to categorize resources and view consolidated billing. You can apply the same tag to multiple resources and resource groups.

Use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to know which tags were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each tag. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those tags that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Total used regions

Indicates the total number of regions used by the target subscription during the current month.

Number

Use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to know which regions were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each region. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those regions that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Current month period

Indicates whether/not the billing period of the target subscription falls in the current month.

 

The values that this measure can report and their corresponding numeric values are as follows:

Measure Value Numeric Value
Yes 1
No 0

Note:

By default, this measure reports the Measure Values listed in the table above to indicate whether/not a subscription's billing period falls within the current month. In the graph of this measure however, the same is represented using the numeric equivalents only.

Use the detailed diagnosis of this measure to know what the billing period of the subscription is.

Use the detailed diagnosis of the Total billing cost measure to view the meter-wise break-up of the cost and usage quantity. This will point you to those meters that were utilized excessively during the current month, thus contributing to the high cloud spend.

Figure 3 : The detailed diagnosis of the Total billing cost measure

Use the detailed diagnosis of the Total used resource groups measure to know which resource groups were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each resource group. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those resource groups that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Figure 4 : The detailed diagnosis of theTotal used resource groups measure

Use the detailed diagnosis of the Total used resources measure to know which resources were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each resource. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those resources that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Figure 5 : The detailed diagnosis of the Total used resources measure

Use the detailed diagnosis of the Total used services measure to know which services were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each service. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those services that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Figure 6 : The detailed diagnosis of the Total used services measure

Use the detailed diagnosis of the Total used tags measure to know which tags were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each tag. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those tags that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Figure 7 : The detailed diagnosis of the Total used tags measure

Use the detailed diagnosis of the Total used regions measure to know which regions were used, and the (pre-tax) cost of usage of each region. In the event of any abnormal cloud spend, the detailed metrics will point you to those regions that may have increased the current month's cloud usage cost.

Figure 8 : The detailed diagnosis of the Total used regions measure

Use the detailed diagnosis of the Current month period measure to know what the billing period of the subscription is.

Figure 9 : The detailed diagnosis of the Current month period measure