<%NUMBERING1%>.<%NUMBERING2%>.<%NUMBERING3%> PRTG Manual: Microsoft Azure Subscription Cost Sensor

The Microsoft Azure Subscription Cost sensor monitors the cost in a Microsoft Azure subscription.

Microsoft Azure Subscription Cost Sensor

Microsoft Azure Subscription Cost Sensor

i_square_cyanFor a detailed list and descriptions of the channels that this sensor can show, see section Channel List.

Sensor in Other Languages

  • Dutch: Microsoft Azure Abonnementskosten
  • French: Microsoft Azure coût de l’abonnement
  • German: Microsoft Azure Abonnementkosten
  • Japanese: Microsoft Azure サブスクリプションコスト
  • Portuguese: Custo da assinatura do Microsoft Azure
  • Russian: Затраты подписки Microsoft Azure
  • Simplified Chinese: Microsoft Azure 订阅成本
  • Spanish: Coste de la suscripción a Microsoft Azure


Consider the following remarks and requirements for this sensor:



Permissions for the Azure custom role

  • This sensor requires an Azure custom role with permissions for specific actions.
  • Create an Azure custom role and add permissions for the following actions:
    • "Microsoft.Consumption/*/read",
    • "Microsoft.Consumption/*/action",
    • "Microsoft.CostManagement/query/read",
    • "Microsoft.Billing/*/read"

i_square_cyanFor more information, see the Knowledge Base: How do I obtain credentials and create custom roles for the Microsoft Azure sensors?


  • This sensor requires credentials for Microsoft Azure.

CSP subscriptions

  • This sensor does not support cloud solution provider (CSP) subscriptions.


  • This sensor supports IPv6.

Performance impact

  • This sensor has a very low performance impact.

Scanning interval

  • The minimum scanning interval of this sensor is 1 minute.
  • The recommended scanning interval of this sensor is 4 hours.

Knowledge Base

Basic Sensor Settings

Basic Sensor Settings

Basic Sensor Settings

The sensor has the following default tags that are automatically predefined in the sensor's settings when you add the sensor:

  • azure
  • microsoftazure
  • microsoftazuresubscriptioncost

i_square_cyanFor more information about basic sensor settings, see section Sensor Settings.

Microsoft Azure Specific

Microsoft Azure Specific

Microsoft Azure Specific




If additional channels for the budget usage in your Microsoft Azure subscription are enabled or disabled.

Cost Forecast

If the additional channel with a cost forecast for your Microsoft Azure subscription is enabled or disabled.

Most Expensive Service

Select if you want to show the most expensive service of your Microsoft Azure subscription in the sensor message:

  • Disable (default)
  • Enable

Most Expensive Service Category

This setting is only visible if you select Enable above.

Select the category for which you want to show the most expensive service in the sensor message:

  • Resource group
  • Resource type
  • Resource ID
  • Location
  • Service name

Sensor Display

Sensor Display

Sensor Display



Primary Channel

Select a channel from the list to define it as the primary channel. In the device tree, PRTG displays the last value of the primary channel below the sensor's name. The available options depend on what channels are available for this sensor.

i_round_blueYou can set a different primary channel later by clicking b_channel_primary below a channel gauge on the sensor's Overview tab.

Graph Type

Define how this sensor shows different channels:

  • Show channels independently (default): Show a graph for each channel.
  • Stack channels on top of each other: Stack channels on top of each other to create a multi-channel graph. This generates a graph that visualizes the different components of your total traffic.
    i_round_redYou cannot use this option in combination with manual Vertical Axis Scaling (available in the channel settings).

Stack Unit

This setting is only visible if you select Stack channels on top of each other above.

Select a unit from the list. PRTG stacks all channels with this unit on top of each other. By default, you cannot exclude single channels from stacking if they use the selected unit. However, there is an advanced procedure to do so.

Debug Options

Debug Options

Debug Options



Result Handling

Define what PRTG does with the sensor result:

  • Discard result (default): Do not store the sensor result.
  • Store result: Store the last sensor result in the \Logs\sensors subfolder of the PRTG data directory on the probe system. The file name is Result of Sensor [ID].log. This setting is for debugging purposes. PRTG overwrites this file with each scanning interval.

i_podThis option is not available when the sensor runs on the hosted probe of a PRTG Hosted Monitor instance.

i_round_blueIn a cluster, PRTG stores the result in the PRTG data directory of the master node.

Inherited Settings

By default, all of these settings are inherited from objects that are higher in the hierarchy. We recommend that you change them centrally in the root group settings if necessary. To change a setting for this object only, click b_inherited_enabled under the corresponding setting name to disable the inheritance and to display its options.

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Inheritance of Settings.

Channel List

i_round_blueWhich channels the sensor actually shows might depend on the target device, the available components, and the sensor setup.



Current Period Cost

The current period cost


In the channel table on the Overview tab, this channel never shows any values. PRTG uses this channel in graphs and reports to show the amount of time in which the sensor was in the Down status


The cost forecast

[Budget] Used

The used budget

i_round_blueThis channel is the primary channel by default.

[Budget] Used %

The used budget (%)

Previous Period Cost

The previous period cost


i_square_blueKNOWLEDGE BASE

How do I obtain credentials and create custom roles for the Microsoft Azure sensors?

What security features does PRTG include?