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Cost Management Report

The course is part of these learning paths

AZ-103 Exam Preparation: Microsoft Azure Administrator
course-steps 15 certification 6 lab-steps 6


Azure Advisor Cost Recommendations
Resource Baseline
Monitoring Cost Consumption
Cost Management Report
Cloudyn5m 16s
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This course looks into how to capture log data and metrics from Azure services and feed this information into different locations for processing. We take a look at diagnostic logging which can help to troubleshoot services and create queries and alerts based on that data. We also look into Azure Adviser, cost consumption reporting and how we can baseline resources.  This aims to be an introduction to these advanced areas of Azure services.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to use and configure diagnostic logging for Azure services
  • Gain an understanding of Azure Monitor and how to create and manage alerts
  • Review cost consumption reporting and how to create scheduled reports
  • Investigate different methods for baselining resources

Intended Audience

  • People who want to become Azure cloud architects
  • People preparing for Microsoft’s AZ-100 or AZ-300 exam


  • General knowledge of Azure services


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Azure has a reporting tool for helping to analyze and understand Azure spend. Azure Cost management licensed by Cloudyn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is available free to customers and partners managing Azure. It can be accessed through azure.cloudyn.com. Currently this will take you away from the Azure portal UI, and will load a new page to run and manage your reports. Report types. We're going to look at generating some reports for use to monitor cloud spend. Cloudyn offers three styles of reports to help breakdown cost and understand spend. Over time reports show spend over time, the resources cost display can be filtered and grouped to help pinpoint and identify spikes and an increase in spending, and also help identify trends. Analysis reports allow you to aggregate data over a period. 

These reports can also be filtered and grouped to help find specific costs or spending patterns. Tabular reports are detail orientated. It is helpful to know you can view any report as a table, although some reports can only be viewed this way. This provides a detailed breakdown of costs. Reports can also show actual costs and advertised costs. The actual costs include the one-time fees that can disorientate results by showing spikes in spending, like preserved instances or pre-purchased compute. Amortized costs allow you to see the cost spread over a period of time, for example reserved instances costs over the reservation as spread over the reservation period. Reports can be scheduled, saved and emailed. This allows you to get the detail you need sent to the people who need it. We're going to explore the Cloudyn interface in the next demo.

About the Author


Matthew Quickenden is a motivated Infrastructure Consultant with over 20 years of industry experience supporting Microsoft systems and other Microsoft products and solutions. He works as a technical delivery lead managing resources, understanding and translating customer requirements and expectations into architecture, and building technical solutions. In recent years, Matthew has been focused on helping businesses consume and utilize cloud technologies with a focus on leveraging automation to rapidly deploy and manage cloud resources at scale.