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Peteris
Level 2 Contributor

Activate partner benefit - Azure credits

Hello, 

 

We want to activate partner benefit Azure credits. There is a guide how to assign these credits to a user 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4515206/azure-cloud-products-benefits-tab-for-mpn-partners-in-partner-center

 

The question is what should we do next after assining credits to user, what is the procedure to activate credits to a Azure Subscrition?

 

Thanks,

Pēteris

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JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

The user logs on to the Azure Portal, goes to the Subscription management. Then user needs to  click on "+ Add" to add a new subscription - if this is the user which has the benefit assigned in Partner Center, the user will see an additional offering in the dialog called "Azure Sponsorship" - this offering is not visible to other users.

 

There should also be a link in Partner Center that will direct the user directly to the dialog to claim the sponsorship subscription, at least it was there at some point in time.

 

 

Kind regards, Janosch
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Boykuncute
Visitor 1

We want to activate partner benefit Azure credits. There is a guide how to assign these credits to a user

NickatTheta
Level 7 Contributor

Hi @JanoschUlmer 

With the new solution partner benefits where Production Azure credits are available. Does the same apply in that this has to be a new subscription each year, and cannot be an EA billed subscription?

 

It is a shame these cannot be applied each year to existing subscriptions. It means we have to create a new subscriptions just for the credit and then migrate resources, or simply start again to benefit from them. In some cases, this could cost us more in time and effort than the value of the credit.

 

Thanks, Nick

JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

@NickatTheta : Yes, it will be a separate subscription, it can't be applied to existing subscription - but if assignment is not changed it should be the same subscription each year, where the available sponsorship credit is reset. At least this was true the last time I had the chance to look at the workings. 

 

Partner might get multiple Azure production benefits if they have multiple designations, each benefit will result in a separate subscription. This is true for both legacy benefits and new MCPP benefits - e.g. in legacy there was a $100/month and, for cloud platform competency, a 6k or 12k/year benefit, both suitable for production workloads.

I totally understand it would be great to have this applied to existing subscriptions in EA/MCA etc - I know there is a lot of engineering work ongoing with regards to sponsorship subscription and the legacy billing backend of those, maybe there are some better options in the future. There is no ETA though.

Kind regards, Janosch
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Anonymous
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After you activate azure credits for the customer would it interest you to collaborate on a domain search engine ?

 

Sincerely

JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

The user logs on to the Azure Portal, goes to the Subscription management. Then user needs to  click on "+ Add" to add a new subscription - if this is the user which has the benefit assigned in Partner Center, the user will see an additional offering in the dialog called "Azure Sponsorship" - this offering is not visible to other users.

 

There should also be a link in Partner Center that will direct the user directly to the dialog to claim the sponsorship subscription, at least it was there at some point in time.

 

 

Kind regards, Janosch
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MarcusSchweda
Visitor 1

A few follow-up questions @JanoschUlmer 

 

I'm in the same boat as Peteris. I have concerns about that approach:

 

  1. Several resource such as AKS don't seem to support movement between subscriptions
  2. Our existing subscription contains the Azure AD directory we are using for several services including MPN. We also make heavy use of service principals to access and manage resources we would like to move to a new subscription.

What is the best course of action?

JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

Sorry for the late response, was oof for a longer time  - you can always raise a request in the technical presales & deployment services team if you need specific guidance for a technical scenario: https://aka.ms/technicalservices

 

That said, an Azure subscription does not contain AzureAD, it is the other way, The AzureAD instance you are using as company is the tenant, and the tenant has one or more subscriptions associated to it. So whatever you do with the Azure subscription, does not affect the tenant level (Only Azure AD B2C is a bit different in this regard).

 

If you want to move services that are not supported for a move, there are little options then to redeploy those services. But we would need to discuss the specific scenario.

Kind regards, Janosch
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Peteris
Level 2 Contributor

Thanks for quick reply.

Can we use the benefit with existing subscriptions or just for new ones?

 

Can we add it in Payment Mehtods for existing subscription? I don't see the options there as I am not he account admin,

 

Regards,

Pēteris

JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

No, it will be a new subscription, you can not add the credit to an existing subscription.

Kind regards, Janosch
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Peteris
Level 2 Contributor

Ok, clear, but then the last question - if we create such subscription and then in a year we receive additional 12k USD Azure Credits, then we again need to create new subscription or we can add these credits to existing subscription?

 

Thanks, 

Pēteris

JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

@Peteris Unless something was changed, if the user account is not changed, the new 12k benefit in next year will be available in the same subscription (the same sponsorship account, applicable to subscription created by this user). So no need to set up a new subscription.

 

 

Kind regards, Janosch
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JJUELKE
Level 3 Contributor

as part of the anual MPN renewal i also tried to extend our existing azure sponsorship subcription +1 year, unfortunately that doesnt work 😞 the existing subscruptions shows that it it will retire in a few days ..but when i try to link the 2021 benefit to the same user i get "this user is already assigned to another microsoft azure subscription. you can assign a differnt user to this subscription"

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JanoschUlmer
Microsoft

Hi @JJUELKE - I would recommend to open a ticket with MPN/Partner Center support. I'm not 100% sure if they need to work with engineering to extend the bulk credit for this user, or if there are other workarounds. There is a known issue, but from the screenshot this seems not to be the case - user can only get the bulk credit if there is no monthly credit assigned to this user. If the annual bulk credit is applied first, then the user can also get the monthly credit assigned afterwards.

 

 

Kind regards, Janosch
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JJUELKE
Level 3 Contributor

hi @JanoschUlmer yes, i created a support ticket, will be interesting how to get this to work, i also think its a dedepency with the other benetifs..

Peteris
Level 2 Contributor

Thanks 👍, we can close the topic now.