How to resume Azure Databricks trial for a student?

Maria 51 Reputation points


I'm a masters student. I signed up for an Azure Databricks trial some time last year. it has now expired and I cant create a cluster any more("Your trial for Azure Databricks has expired. To create clusters and run jobs on this workspace upgrade your workspace to a Premium workspace"). I still have half of the $200 free credit left.

I wonder if there is a way for me to use Databricks to practice more courses from Databricks Academy while using up my remaining credit?

Thank you.

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An Apache Spark-based analytics platform optimized for Azure.
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  1. PRADEEPCHEEKATLA-MSFT 70,026 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hello @Maria ,

    Thanks for the question and using MS Q&A platform.

    Yes, you can easily upgrade Trail to Premium pricing tier from Azure Portal with single click of a button as shown below.


    Azure Databricks Cluster - multi node is not available under the Azure free trial/Student/Pass subscription.

    Reason: Azure free trial/Student/Pass subscription has a limit of 4 cores, and you cannot create Databricks cluster multi node using a Free Trial Subscription because it requires more than 8 cores.

    You need to upgrade to a Pay-As-You-Go subscription to create Azure Databricks clusters with multi mode.

    Note: Azure Student subscriptions aren't eligible for limit or quota increases. If you have a Free Trial , you can upgrade to a Pay-As-You-Go subscription.

    You can use Azure Free Trial subscription to create a Single node cluster which will have one Driver node with 4 cores.

    A Single Node cluster is a cluster consisting of a Spark driver and no Spark workers. Such clusters support Spark jobs and all Spark data sources, including Delta Lake. In contrast, Standard clusters require at least one Spark worker to run Spark jobs.

    Single Node clusters are helpful in the following situations:

    • Running single node machine learning workloads that need Spark to load and save data
    • Lightweight exploratory data analysis (EDA)


    Reference: Azure Databricks - Single Node clusters

    Hope this helps. Do let us know if you any further queries.


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  2. Maria 51 Reputation points


    thanks for this but I do have a further query and opened a ticket for support (2211060050000137). I have upgraded to pay-as-you-go in Azure portal, but I still have 'your trial expired' showing up in my Databricks workspace and am unable to create and run any clusters.

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