New Azure Portal Feature : Find your Quotas and Limits values !

Hello All,

This is a quick post to support a new fresh Azure Portal feature which will help a lot of Admins in some cases.

You all know that you cannot create as Azure Resources as you want, and that there are Limits and Quotas for the number of deployed resources. Such information is very important and I can say crucial when designing your Azure infrastructure.

I can note some examples like :

  • Network Security Groups : By default, you cannot create more than 100 NSG objects within an Azure Region (Azure Resource Manager limit model, ASM limit model is per Subscription not per region). So if you are using NSGs to secure your environment, you will need to track the objects count usage –> This is the object of this post
  • Static Public IP addresses : By default, you cannot create more than 20 static Public IP addresses within an Azure Region. So monitoring and tracking this resource usage is important

You can always visit the official link for the last information about the service limits, the quotas and the constraints. Keep in mind that for several resources, you can ask the Microsoft Support to increase a limit value.

Back to the post main goal, you can by now consult the usage of your resources and the status against the quota values.

Go to the Azure Portal (Portal.azure.com) –> Subscriptions –> Select the Subscription –> Usage + Quotas

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You can filter the items to have more customized view. You can use the link to directly open a Support case to increase the limits.

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Azure : Premium Storage empty disks are also billed

Hi all,

We all know that among the  Azure advantages is to pay what you consume. In storage for example, if you create a 500 GB VHD and there is just 100 GB used, you will be billed just for 100 GB instead of 500 GB. But this is not true for the Azure Premium Storage:

For Azure Premium Storage, you will be billed for the number of P disks you are using, and here some examples to better understand:

If you create a 50 GB VHD, you will be billed for a P10 disk (128 GB)

If you create a 150 GB GB VHD, you will be billed for a P20 disk (512 GB)

If you create a 600 GB VHD, you will be billed for a P30 disk (1024 GB)

I think that this billing model is very expensive and will not be appreciated by customers, I wish Microsoft will rethink again about it.

The following table resumes the billing possibilities depending on VHD sizes

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Source : Microsoft (See the FAQ)

Understand how Azure Premium Storage works : Watch HERE