• Update 5/10/2011: Added “Your Windows Azure Platform Usage Estimate - 125% of Base Units Consumed” message from Microsoft Online Services Notifications at end of post.
As noted in my Republished My Live Azure Table Storage Paging Demo App with Two ExtraSmall Instances and Connect, RDP post of 5/8/2011, I upgraded my OakLeaf Systems Azure Table Services Sample Project - Paging and Batch Updates Demo from a single Small Web Role instance to two ExtraSmall Web Role instances.
Needless to say, I was surprised when I found that I was being charged for the new ExtraSmall instances:
Here are the billing details for the new cycle which started on 5/6/2011:
I then took a closer look at my MSDN Ultimate subscription benefit:
Apparently, I had been upgraded from MSDN Premium to MSDN Ultimate and hadn’t noticed the benefit change that resulted from the transaction.
Needless to say, I have republished my project with two Small instances and edited my Republished My Live Azure Table Storage Paging Demo App with Two ExtraSmall Instances and Connect, RDP post accordingly.
• Update 5/10/2011: On Tuesday, 5/10/2011, I received the following “Your Windows Azure Platform Usage Estimate - 125% of Base Units Consumed” message from Microsoft Online Services Notifications:
Dear Roger Jennings,
This e-mail notification comes to you as a courtesy to update you on your Windows Azure platform usage. Our records indicate that your subscription has exceeded 125% of the compute hours amount included with your offer for your current billing period. Any hours in excess of the amount included with your offer will be charged at standard rates.
Please see below for the amounts used to-date during your current billing period:
Subscription start date: 1/5/2010 12:00:00 AM
Subscription Name: OakLeaf Azure MSDN Subscription
Offer Name: Windows Azure Platform MSDN Premium
Total Consumed*: 51.000000 Compute Hours
Amount included with your offer: 0 Compute Hours
Amount over (under) your monthly average: 51.000000 Compute Hours
No action is required unless this usage is unexpected. If this usage is unexpected, please log into the Windows Azure Dev Portal to view your running services and make any needed changes to those services to bring your usage back in line.
At any time, you can login to the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal to view your subscription's usage at https://mocp.microsoftonline.com. You can also click here for detailed instructions on how to view and understand your usage statements and bills.
Please do not reply directly to this e-mail as this mailbox is not monitored. For customer support, please feel free to connect with one of our Customer Partner Care agents by clicking on this link.
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Microsoft Online Services Support
*Due to some latency in the data utilized to generate this email, all compute hours you have incurred in the past 24 hours may not be reflected in this total. Please follow the instructions above to view your latest usage.
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My bill at this point was $3.07.