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Azure Arc is a bridge that extends the Azure platform to help you build applications and services with the flexibility to run across datacenters, at the edge, and in multicloud environments.

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Azure Arc-enabled Infrastructure – Azure Stack HCI

Turn on Azure benefits on your Azure Stack HCI cluster so that guest configuration assignments can be used at no additional fee. Learn more about turning on Azure benefits on Azure Stack HCI.

  • Virtual machines - Guest configuration assignments are not billed if the virtual machine is hosted by Azure Stack HCI.
  • Physical machines - Guest configuration assignments are not billed if the machine is a node in an Azure Stack HCI cluster.
Services Price Notes
Host Service Fee (Azure Stack HCI) $-/physical core/month Azure Stack HCI offers a free trial for the first 60 days after registration. You will be charged the monthly service fee after your first 60 days using the service.
Host Service Fee (Azure Stack HCI) with Azure Hybrid Benefit $0/physical core/month If you are a Windows Server Datacenter customer with active Software Assurance, you may also choose to exchange core licenses to activate Azure Hybrid Benefit, which waives the Azure Stack HCI host service fee and Windows Server subscription.
Add-on workloads (optional)-Windows Server subscription (for guests) $23.3/physical core/month Windows Server subscription offers a free trial within the first 60 days of registering your Azure Stack HCI. You will be charged the monthly service fee after your first 60 days of using Azure Stack HCI. Windows Server subscription gives you unlimited Windows Server guest licensing rights through Azure. Learn more.
Add-on workloads (optional)-Windows Server subscription (for guests) with Azure Hybrid Benefit $0/physical core/month
Azure Automanage Machine Configuration (previously known as Azure Policy Guest configuration) $-/server/month Azure Automanage Machine Configuration is free for Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI VM instances running with connected machine agent 1.13 and above.

Any other Azure service that is attached, for example Microsoft Defender for Cloud or Azure Monitor, will be charged as per the pricing for that service.

Extended Security Updates enabled by Azure Arc

Microsoft provides Extended Security Updates enabled by Azure Arc for Windows Server 2012/R2 and SQL Server 2012. With Azure Arc, organizations will be able to purchase and seamlessly deploy Extended Security Updates in on-premises or multicloud environments, right from the Azure portal. Extended Security Updates enabled by Azure Arc also gives more flexibility with a pay-as-you-go subscription model.

For Windows Server 2012/R2

Extended Security Updates Datacenter Monthly Rate Standard Monthly Rate
Windows Server 2012 16 Core $- $-
Windows Server 2012 8 Core $- $-
Windows Server 2012 2 Core $- $-

For SQL Server 2012

Extended Security Updates Enterprise Monthly Rate Standard Monthly Rate
SQL Server 2012 2 Core $- $-

Extended Security Updates will be available for free for customers on Azure, which includes workloads running on Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Dedicated Host, Azure VMWare Solutions, Nutanix Cloud Clusters on Azure, and Azure Stack Hub/Edge/HCI. Learn more about your options.

For customers who sign up after the end of support dates (October 10, 2023, Year 1 for Windows Server 2012/R2, July 11, 2023, Year 2 for SQL Server 2012), you will receive a one-time bill-back charge from the start of the Extended Security Updates year to your actual start date.

Questions? Check out some Frequently Asked Questions.

Azure Arc-enabled SQL Server

If you have an existing SQL Server license, you can also unlock Azure manageability and security with Azure Arc. See the complete set of features* available for customers with existing SQL Server licenses including different SQL Server licenses set billing options.
Manage SQL Server license and billing options - Azure Arc-enabled SQL Server | Microsoft Learn

*Some features may require SA.

For customers without an active SQL Server license:

For organizations who want to leverage a consumption-based model we now offer pay-as-you-go licensing for SQL Server, enabled by Azure Arc for versions 2014 and up. Pay by the hour for spikes and ad-hoc usage and eliminate the need for full upfront licensing costs.

Pay-as-you-go Monthly Rate Hourly Rate
Standard Edition $- $-
Enterprise Edition $- $-

Pricing calculator for pay-as-you-go Azure Arc-enabled SQL Server available: here. View traditional SQL Server licensing options here.

Feature breakdown and licensing details for Azure Arc-enabled SQL Server available here.

For all Azure Arc-enabled SQL Server customers:

Additional services including, Microsoft Defender for Cloud*, Microsoft Purview and Azure Log Analytics are available for additional costs. These additional services are available for customers with existing SQL Server licenses who activate Azure Arc or for customers who leverage the pay-as-you-go licensing option for SQL Server.

*Customers can benefit from discounted pricing for Microsoft Defender when consumed through Azure Arc.

Questions? Check out some Frequently Asked Questions around getting started with Azure Arc-enabled SQL Server: here.

Azure Arc-enabled servers

In addition to the included capabilities, Azure Update Management is offered for servers outside of Azure at no additional cost. Add-on Azure management services (Azure Policy guest configuration, Azure Monitor, Microsoft Defender for Cloud etc.) are charged for Azure Arc enabled servers when enabled.

Guest configuration feature of Azure Policy

Azure Policy's guest configuration feature provides compliance and configuration management of operating systems. Guest configuration can be used as a standalone platform or at-scale orchestrated by Azure Policy. Examples of compliance and configuration management include password policies, encryption protocols, administrative access, or validation of operational standards such as certificate expiration and network connectivity.

For more information about configuration assignments view the following docs page: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/governance/policy/concepts/guest-configuration-assignments

Billing is based on the number of servers registered with the service that have one or more guest configurations assigned to them. Billing is pro-rated hourly. Offline machines, such as machines that are disconnected or powered-off for the entire hour, are not billed.

Azure Arc resources managed by guest configuration are excluded from billing in the following scenarios.

Azure Automation

  • Guest configuration assignments are not billed if the machine is already managed by the state configuration or change tracking features offered by Azure Automation.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud

  • Azure Policy assignment of the Azure Security Benchmark initiative creates configuration assignment.
  • Azure Policy assignment of a built-in policy initiative in the "Regulatory Compliance" category creates configuration assignment.
  • Azure Policy assignment of a custom policy initiative created in Microsoft Defender for Cloud creates configuration assignment.

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  • Azure Policy has different capabilities. Azure Policy guest configuration is charged in a per-server basis at $6/month on servers outside of Azure connected through Azure Arc. You can use any number of policies on that server.

    Any other type Azure Policy that does not rely on guest configuration is offered at no additional cost, including VM extensions to enable services like Azure Monitor and Azure Security Center, or policies for auto tagging.

  • Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes is now Generally Available. See updated pricing details above.
  • We will update pricing details for Azure Arc enabled data services at General Availability.
  • To find the price of a specific service you can go to its Azure.com page and click on the pricing tab.

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