Azure - How To Schedule Automated Cost Emails
One of the most critical aspects of Azure cost management is staying informed about changes to your cost. You may already know you can get alerted when cost exceeds predefined thresholds with budgets and that you can save and share custom views in cost analysis for quick reference. Now you can also subscribe to updates and share those views with people outside the portal on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
Getting setup is easy:
- Go to cost analysis.
- Select any billing account, subscription, or resource group you want to view.
- Select a private or shared chart view you want to share (or create and save a new chart view).
- Click the Subscribe command, click +Add, and fill out the form.
- See screenshots at the end of this document.
If you want to test the email before the first occurrence, click the ellipsis next to the email name in the list and select Send now. (Note this will send it to all recipients, so only include your email address if you want to be the only one to receive it at first.)
That's it! If you opted to send it now, you should receive it within 15 minutes or so, depending on how much data you requested and if you opted to include CSV data in the email.
Keep in mind that whoever receives the email (either directly or by someone forwarding it) will be able to view the embedded chart and linked CSV cost data, but they won't be able to open the view in the portal. To see the interactive view in the portal, they will need Cost Management reader access.