If you don’t currently have a Microsoft CSP agreement, please follow these steps to view Azure Reserved Instance Pricing in PRISM. First, navigate to the Price List icon on the vertical toolbar.
Under Program select, Microsoft CSP. Select your desired Currency from the Currency dropdown list. Next, select the tick box View Reserved Instance Filters and Price List. Please note that by selecting this tick box, the options shown under Billing Cycle will revert from Monthly/Annually to Monthly/Once Off to align with the Azure Reserved Instance ordering process.
Use the filter options to search for a specific Reserved Instance product. Then, select the View Reserved Instance Price List button to search for the pricing for the particular product/s.
Reserved Instance Ordering/Provisioning
To order a new Azure Reserved Instance, navigate to the Manage Tenant screen under your Microsoft CSP program tile; for the tenant, you wish to order against and select Add Reserved Instance button (screenshot below).
Note that an active Azure Plan or Azure Classic subscription is required within PRISM under the tenant for the Add Reserved Instance button to be visible.
Note that only one reserved instance product can be ordered at a time; this is so that each product has its own separate reservation ID, which will later allow managing the reserved instance easier for partners.
Within the Add Reserved Instance page, use the following fields to order the reserved instance.
Filter Reserved Instance Products
- How would you like to be billed for your subscriptions? #1 – Select either Monthly or Once Off. Monthly billing will mean that you are billed on a monthly basis for the term of the reserved instance; Once Off billing will mean that you are billed at the start of the term for the full term.
Note that at the end of the term, renewals are required to have the reserved instance remain active; with both Monthly and Once Off billing, this will require a new term and new billing cycle to begin.
- Region #2 – Search by either scrolling through the list or typing into the field to filter for the Azure Datacenter Region required for the customer. Located next to the Region search box is a hyperlink to a knowledge base article that defines the region naming conventions into an easy-to-understand matrix.
- Term Duration #3 – The term refers to the license duration and commitment bracket that you are ordering for. This field is by default set to “Any”, but by using the dropdown list, you can alter this to a specific term commitment.
- Reserved Instance Product #4 – Search by either scrolling through the list or typing into the field to filter for the product category.
Note that you can use the search box using the product category name or category ID as located on the pricelist.
- Filter Products #5 – If you would like to filter the product any further, you can use the Filter Product type in feature to reduce the criteria down
- Select Product #6 – Locate the Reserved Instance product you wish to order and select the tick box on the left-hand side. This will then display a quantity field where you can increase and decrease the quantity; you will see an expected price on the right-hand side.
Configure the Order
- Azure Subscription #7 – Select which Azure Subscription you would like the Reserved Instance provisioned against
- Scope #8 – Select either Shared or Single Subscription.
- Custom Reserved Instance Name #9 – Optional – Enter a custom ID/Name to remember or identify your order if required. If completed, this will display on the main manage tenant screen as the identifier of the Reserved Instance.
- Order Acknowledgement #10 – Review the details of the order shown under the Order Summary heading, read the “I acknowledge…” blurb and select the tick box to commit to this purchase
- Submit Order #11 – When ready to place the order, select the Submit Order button.
Note that provisioning may take up to 24 hours; a tenant sync will occur in the first 15 minutes; however, the order will take longer for the order to sync back from Microsoft’s Partner Centre.
You will receive a notification from the PRISM portal once your order has been submitted and then processed. If the order fails, you will receive a notification with the failure message.
Order Submission Notification Example:
Failure Notification Example:
Managing Reserved Instances
Within PRISM, under the Manage Tenant screen, you will be able to see the Reserved Instances heading; underneath this heading, you will see a list of Active Reserved Instances.
For a Reserved Instance, you wish to view more information; please select the Manage button next to that Reserved Instance. On the following screen, you will see additional information on this Reserved Instance.
If you require changes to an existing ordered
Reserved Instance, please don't hesitate to get in touch with your Account Manager.
Reserved Instance Billing
Based on the type of billing term selected, billing will occur in two different methods:
- Monthly – On a monthly basis, you will receive a second Microsoft CSP monthly invoice bill that is specific to your Azure Reserved Instances; the usage period for the invoice will be for a full month example, 1st of November 2021 to 30th of November 2021; however, the charges within the invoice will contain proration based on the provisioning dates. Billing is based on Microsoft’s Partner Centre Reconciliation files and contain proration to the dates the Reserved Instance was/is active.
- Once Off – A once-off invoice for the term will be billed within 24-72 hours post order completion; the invoice usage dates will be for the entire term of the order with no proration requirements.
This is the first release of Azure Reserved in the
PRISM portal; therefore, we wanted to advise you of any limitations or notes
that you should be aware of:
- Azure Reservation Management – for cancellation, quantity changes, exchanges
etc., please contact your Account Manager.
- Azure Security Group Permissions - will
not be automatically provisioned at the time of the Reserved Instance order;
please submit a ticket with our Partner Support Team should you require any further
information on this topic.
- Pricing displayed in PRISM may differ to the final pricing on your
invoice when ordered against an Azure Classic subscription. Customers may also
notice their RI pricing changes after transitioning to Azure Plan. This is
because pricing is calculated differently by Microsoft depending on the type of
azure subscription associated with the RI order. PRISM only displays the pricing
related to Azure Plan because Azure Classic is in the process of being retired
Optimization for Reserved Instance
VM is not supported in this release. The default value of ‘Instance Size
Flexibility’ will be set. please submit a ticket with our Partner
Support Team should you require any further information on this topic
- Resource Group for Reserved Instance is
not supported in this release. Please submit a ticket with our Partner Support Team should you require any further
information on this topic.