Azure Subscription Step by Step

Azure subscriptions : Microsoft Azure offers different types of subscriptions that you can use to access Azure services and start playing with them:

Free account

This account offers 200 USD credits that you can use for Azure services within the first 30 days after signing up. If you want to upgrade this subscription after it expires, note that you can keep all of your services up and running.

After the 30 days pass, it does not mean you can no longer use the same subscription. Actually, you can use it for 12 months from the first day you signed up, but only for the services, at the following URL: But the other paid services will be decommissioned after the first 30-days or the consumption of 200 USD credits.

Click on Create one as shown above and complete your profile to create new Microsoft Azure subscription account.

MSDN subscriptions

If you have an MSDN subscription, you will get a specific amount of Azure credits per month, depending on the subscription type. Note that you can add a credit card to avoid stopping your Azure services if you exceeded the credits you have. The following are the different types of MSDN subscriptions and how much credits per month they have to offer:

  • Visual Studio Professional (standard subscription and annual cloud subscription): $50.
  • Visual Studio Test Professional: $50 .
  • MSDN Platforms: $100.
  • Visual Studio Enterprise (standard subscription and annual cloud subscription): $150.
  • Visual Studio Enterprise (MPN): $150.
  • Visual Studio Enterprise (BizSpark): $150

Enterprise agreements

This type of subscription is meant for enterprises, where you can pay an amount of money upfront for using Azure services throughout the year. This type of subscription gives you great discounts. So, it will be the best solution if you are going to use what you have signed up for, as it will save you a lot of money.

Pay as you go

It’s quite clear that with this type of subscription, you are only paying for what you are using via your credit card. You are not committed to using it for a specific period, as you can start it whenever you want and stop it whenever you want.

Signing up for free Azure Subscription

Before getting started with the Azure portal, let’s create a free subscription that you can use throughout this book: Navigate to

Azure Subscription
  • Click on Start free.
  • You will be navigated to another web page, where you will be asked to start for free or to buy now. We will select Start free.
  • After that, you will be redirected to log in using your Microsoft account.
  • Then, you will be asked to enter some personal information, such as your name, country, and phone number. Some verification will be done by phone and credit card.
Azure Signup page
  • Within a few moments, your Azure account will be ready

Microsoft Azure Cloud Services

Microsoft offers different types of cloud service in Azure. The most commonly known services are the following:

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): This type of cloud service allows you to run VMs on the cloud. The cloud service provider will take care of the underlying infrastructure, such as hardware, network, storage, and virtualization platform. However, you will be responsible for managing and maintaining what’s inside your VM.
  • Platform as a service (PaaS): This type of cloud service allows you to run your applications on Azure. The cloud service provider will take care of managing and maintaining the underlying infrastructure. Running your web app/container/microservices on Azure would unburden the headache of the hardware, network, storage, virtualization, operating system, and IIS. You only need to develop your application and run it.
  • Software as a service (SaaS): This type of cloud service allows you to use software on the cloud. The cloud service provider will handle the underlying infrastructure, such as hardware, storage, network, virtualization, operating system, and even the application itself. For example, Office 365 provides a variety of solutions ready to be used by you, such as email services, VOIP services, and so on, without implementing Exchange or Skype.

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