Azure Software Licensing Report

By default, when you deploy a Windows VM in Azure, the costs accrued for the VM will include a licensing charge for Windows Server. Similarly, when you deploy an Azure SQL database (an Azure SQL VM, Azure SQL Database, or Azure Managed Instance), it will include a software licensing charge for the SQL database.

However, if the Azure Hybrid Benefit (AHB) is available for a deployed VM or an Azure SQL database, you can apply Windows Server and SQL Server licenses entitlements that you may currently have. By using your existing license entitlements, you won't pay unnecessary software licensing charges for the deployed cloud resources.

The Azure Software Licensing Report provides the following licensing and costing information:

  • Potential Savings — This report section displays your deployed resources that don't have the AHB enabled, and the potential savings that can be realized if AHB is enabled for them and license entitlements are applied.
  • Current Azure Hybrid Benefit Savings — This report section displays your current usage of Azure Hybrid Benefits for Windows VMs and Azure SQL databases. For reference, it displays the price for each resource if AHB wasn't enabled. It also displays the price you are paying for each resource with AHB is enabled and an existing license entitlement applied to the resource. Together, this pricing information shows you the savings that you are realizing by using Azure Hybrid Benefits.

Notes:  

  • The costs displayed for Windows VMs and Azure SQL databases with AHB enabled presumes that you've applied license entitlements to those resources through the Azure portal.
  • Each AHB-eligible resource is listed as either a Windows VM or an Azure SQL database instance. An exception is an Azure SQL VM, which will be listed twice: once as a Windows VM with a Microsoft Server license and once as a Managed SQL resource with an SQL Server license.

Report parameters

Access through:

Reports > Chargeback & IT Costing > Azure Software Licensing Report

Available to:

All Access Rights Levels

Azure Hybrid Benefit: Select whether to display Windows VMs and Azure SQL databases with AHB enabled, without AHB enabled, or with both AHB enabled and not enabled:

  • Both — Display both Windows VMs and Azure SQL databases with AHB enabled and Windows VMs and Azure SQL databases with AHB not enabled.
  • No — Display only Windows VMs and Azure SQL databases with AHB not enabled.
  • Yes — Display only Windows VMs and Azure SQL databases with AHB enabled.

Comment: Enter any extra information that you want to include with the report results.

Add Advanced Filters: You can filter the report by cloud account name, custom attributes, and organizational ownership.