Azure subscriptions consist of two parameters: a unique subscriber ID / Azure account, a billing and a set of available resources. For an individual developer, that would include one Microsoft account ID, a credit card number and the full suite of Azure services.
Subscriptions get more complicated, however enterprises use consolidated billing and have central controls over accounts, subscription creation and resource usage.
Each account can have one or more Azure subscriptions, and the service administrators can manage individual subscriptions, monitor billing and usage, manage security at each subscription separately . Account owners can add any available subscriptions to their accounts. depicted in following image.
There are multiple ways to subscribe to Azure
Enterprise agreements: Make an upfront monetary commitment to Azure
Microsoft re-sellers: Buy Azure through the Open Licensing program
Microsoft partners: Buy through Microsoft partner who can design and implement your Azure cloud solution.
This article focuses only on helping developers and learners to kick start azure learning with free subscription.
Step by Step
Microsoft is providing free access to most popular products for 12 months and to more than 25 always free products.
- Visit locale specific Azure site URL
Click on Start free button at the bottom, to start subscription process.
- Sign in with Microsoft (live) account.
- After Microsoft live account sign in, page will be redirected to https://account.windowsazure.com/signup
Provide sign up details including credit/debit card details, Microsoft do not automatically convert free subscription to paid.
- Login to the azure ARM portal https://portal.azure.com using live ID credentials and add free subscription.
Click on more services -> Subscriptions -> Add
Select free trial subscription.
- Login to https://portal.azure.com
Users will now be able to provision resources in azure as per assigned role.
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