What happens when my Azure trial expires – will I get a reminder or notification from Azure before my trial subscription ends?

Before the end of your first 30 days, you'll get reminders and notifications and have the chance to upgrade to a Pay-As-You-Go subscription to keep building in Azure. For 12 months after you upgrade your subscription, certain amounts of popular products such as compute, networking, storage and databases are free. After 12 months, any of these products which you may be using will continue to run, and you’ll be billed at the standard pay-as-you-go rates.

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  • Currently, the virtual machines offered under the three promos will be available for on-demand deployment until 31 October 2020. The promo virtual machines deployed before that will continue to run. However, these virtual machines will not be available for new deployments after the promo end date.

  • You can easily access Azure Support by going online to the Azure portal and submitting a support request. Access to subscription management and billing support is included with your Microsoft Azure subscription, and technical support is provided through one of the Azure Support Plans. For step-by-step guidance for the Azure portal, see How to create an Azure support request. Alternatively, you can create and manage your support tickets programmatically using the Azure Support ticket REST API.

  • Windows Server should be licensed via your Services Provider Licence Agreement (SPLA).

  • The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server helps you maximise the value from your current licensing investments and accelerate your migration to the cloud. Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is an Azure-based benefit that enables you to use your SQL Server licences with active Software Assurance to pay a reduced rate (“base rate”) on SQL Database. Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is available to all vCore-based options: SQL Database Managed Instance, Single Database and Elastic Pool. You can apply this benefit even if the SKU is active but note that the base rate will be applied from the time you select it in the portal. No credit will be issued retroactively. You can activate the Azure Hybrid Benefit via the Azure Portal by confirming that you have sufficient active licences with Software Assurance. The Azure Hybrid Benefit works as follows:

    • If you have Standard Edition per core licences with Software Assurance, you can get 1 vCore in the General Purpose option for every 1 licence core you own on-premises.
    • If you have Enterprise Edition per core licences with Software Assurance, you can get 1 vCore in the Business Critical option (coming soon) for every 1 licence core you own on-premises. Note: The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server for the Business Critical option is only available to Enterprise Edition customers.
    • If you have highly virtualised Enterprise Edition per core licences with Software Assurance, you can get 4 vCores in the General Purpose option for every 1 licence core you own on-premises. This is a unique virtualisation benefit available only on Azure.
  • Azure does not support persistent MAC addresses, and so software with MAC based license models can't be used for both on-premises to Azure migration or disaster recovery.