As the name suggests this is a portal to manage Azure services, which was released in 2012. This is a platform provided by Microsoft for its Azure clients where they can see, manage and buy the services offered by Azure. A different portal called ‘Azure Preview Portal’ was released by Azure team in 2014, which makes it easier to access the platform on mobiles and tablets. However, features are more or less same in both the portals.
To access the management portal −
Step 1 − Go to https://manage.windowsazure.com
Step 2 − Sign in with your Hotmail or live ID. If you don’t have Azure accounts, sign up for one. You will get a free trial and you can explore, learn and create your own applications using Windows Azure.
The following screen will appear.
Since here we have an application already running, you can see a list of them. Your account will be empty for the first time. Left panel categorizes the application and the middle part lists all the application in the account.
Step 1 − Click on the ‘New’ left bottom corner.
Step 2 − Following screen will come up and you can choose what you want to create.
Step 1 − Click on ‘Credit’ in the green block at the top of the screen.
Step 2 − Click on ‘View more details’. It will take you to the following screen. This screen will show you all the details of your subscription, spending, and data usage.
As the spending limit is set here, it says ‘Remove Spending Limit’. If the limit would not have been set, it would have said ‘Set Spending Limit’. This way you can set a spending limit for you. Your services will be stopped once you reach the spending limit.
If you scroll down on the page in the above image, you can see all that is available with your subscription and see the details on the right side.
You are absolutely in control of your spending. The green block in which ‘Credit’ button is displayed will change color if you are about to fall short of your credit. This is calculated by your average per day spending and it would tell you in how many days your credit is going to get over.
Step 1 − Click on your account e-mail id or on the picture at the top right corner.
Step 2 − Click on ‘View my bill’ in the list.
Step 3 − It will take you the following screen. Click on ‘add subscription’.
Step 4 − Choose the subscription from the list in the following screen.
Step 1 − Click on your account e-mail at the top right corner.
Step 2 − Select ‘Switch to Azure Preview Portal’.
Step 3 − The following screen will appear. All the functionalities are same. ‘Azure Preview Portal’ is built for mobile and tablet screen with a responsive design.