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Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription provide you with $150 per month Azure Credit with Azure’s integrated tools, pre-built templates, and managed services which make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, web, and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster. 

Monthly Azure credits for Visual Studio subscribers

  • Can I use my monthly Azure credits to run production applications?
    Monthly Azure credits for Visual Studio subscribers are specifically for individual dev/test usage only. To run production workloads, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid Azure subscription, such as pay-as-you-go pricing.
  • How much does it cost?
    There is no cost to use these credits. They are included in your Visual Studio subscription. When you run out of the credit that’s allotted for the month, you won’t be able to continue using it until it resets the next month.
  • Are there any geographic or service restrictions impacting this benefit?
    Azure subscriptions created via the Visual Studio Subscriptions benefit may be impacted by restrictions that aren’t imposed on paid subscriptions. Certain geographies may not be available for creating VMs and Azure services, and certain service types may not be available. There may be a lower default quota than on paid subscriptions.
  • My organization has multiple Visual Studio subscribers. Can their monthly Azure credits be pooled?
    Credit pooling is not available. This benefit is intended for personal use by the Visual Studio subscriber.
  • Are there any other limitations I should be aware of?
    The monthly Azure credit for Visual Studio subscribers is for development and testing only and does not carry a financially backed SLA. We reserve the right to suspend any instance (VM or cloud service) that runs continuously for more than 120 hours or if we determine that the instance is being used for production. We are making this capacity available to Visual Studio subscribers on a best-effort basis; there is no guarantee of capacity availability.
  • When does my subscription expire?
    Information about your subscription is available in the Subscriber Portal. Connect to see a list of your subscriptions and to view information such as expiration dates and support information. 

The monthly credit does not apply toward purchase of the following services:

  • Support plans
  • Application Insights
  • Visual Studio subscriptions
  • Azure DevOps
  • Visual Studio App Center
  • Third-party branded products
  • Products sold through the Visual Studio Marketplace
  • Products otherwise sold separately from Azure (for example, Azure Active Directory Premium)

To purchase these services, you’ll need to remove your spending limit and provide a credit card for billing.

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Getting started

  • You can purchase the subscription online at Syracuse University Bookstore.
  • The subscription for the Microsoft Visual Studio will be sent to your University E-Mail within 1 business day of the processing of your order.
  • Within this email you will need click on the 'Access my subscription' button.

  • You can also Sign in to my subscription.
  • Make sure your subscription is set to Visual Studio Enterprise and activate your monthly credit.

Azure Subscriptions

You can also:

This is helpful if you plan to interact with azure service through scripts.

# Connect to Azure with an authenticated account.
Connect-AzAccount

# Get subscriptions that the current account can access.
Get-AzSubscription

# Gets the metadata used to authenticate Azure Resource Manager requests.
Get-AzContext | ft -Wrap -auto

# Sets the tenant, subscription, and environment for cmdlets to use in the current session.
Set-AzContext -SubscriptionName "Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription"

Check usage in the Azure portal

Azure credits are some perks that are offered by Microsoft that help you save money. If you are using some of the Azure Resources that are not free then it will get deducted from these credit points as the monetary charge. Using the Microsoft Azure Portal, you can check the Azure credit balance for your billing account.

Resource Commitment

  • All increases in usage levels of service resources (e.g. adding to the number of compute instances running, or increasing the amount of storage in use) are subject to the availability of these service resources. Any quota described in the Limits, Quotas and Constraints section is not a commitment that there will be sufficient resources available for you to reach the quota.
  • For any subscriptions of this service that are not incurring charges and are inactive for more than 90 days, Microsoft reserve the right to remove any compute resources including hosted service(s), virtual machines and websites. Please note that no data would be deleted and customers can redeploy at any time. We will also provide advance notice prior to removing any compute resources.
  • You can also avoid having your compute resources removed by login into the Azure portal every 90 days.

Additonal Information

Visual Studio Subscriptions documentation