Get started with the Azure Enterprise portal

This article helps direct and indirect Azure Enterprise Agreement (Azure EA) customers start to use the Azure Enterprise portal. Get basic information about:

  • The structure of the Azure Enterprise portal.
  • Roles used in the Azure Enterprise portal.
  • Subscription creation.
  • Cost analysis in the Azure Enterprise portal and the Azure portal.


We recommend that direct EA Azure customers use Cost Management + Billing in the Azure portal to manage their enrollment and billing instead of using the EA portal. For more information about enrollment management in the Azure portal, see Get started with the Azure portal for direct Enterprise Agreement customers.

As of October 10, 2022 direct EA customers won’t be able to manage their billing account in the EA portal. Instead, they must use the Azure portal.

This change doesn’t affect direct Azure Government EA enrollments or indirect EA (an indirect EA is one where a customer signs an agreement with a Microsoft partner) enrollments. Both continue using the EA portal to manage their enrollment.

Get started with EA onboarding

For an Azure EA onboarding guide, see Azure EA Onboarding Guide (PDF).

View this video to watch a full Azure Enterprise portal onboarding session:

Understanding EA user roles and introduction to user hierarchy

To help manage your organization's usage and spend, Azure customers with an Enterprise Agreement (EA) can assign five distinct administrative roles:

  • Enterprise Administrator
  • Enterprise Administrator (read only)
  • Department Administrator
  • Department Administrator (read only)
  • Account Owner

Each role has a varying degree of user limits and permissions. For more information, see Organization structure and permissions by role.

Activate your enrollment, create a subscription, and other administrative tasks

For more information regarding activating your enrollment, creating a department or subscription, adding administrators and account owners, and other administrative tasks, see Azure EA portal administration.

If you’d like to know more about transferring an Enterprise subscription to a Pay-As-You-Go subscription, see Azure Enterprise transfers.

View usage summary and download reports

You can manage and act on your Azure EA invoice. Your invoice is a representation of your bill and should be reviewed for accuracy.

To view usage summary, download reports, and manage enrollment invoices, see Azure Enterprise enrollment invoices.

Azure EA pricing provides details on how usage is calculated and goes over charges for various Azure services in the Enterprise Agreement where the calculations are more complex.

If you'd like to know about how Azure reservations for VM reserved instances can help you save money with your enterprise enrollment, see Azure EA VM reserved instances.

For information on which REST APIs to use with your Azure enterprise enrollment and an explanation for how to resolve common issues with REST APIs, see Azure Enterprise REST APIs.

Azure EA agreements and amendments describes how Azure EA agreements and amendments might affect your access, use, and payments for Azure services.

Azure Marketplace explains how EA customers and partners can view marketplace charges and enable Azure Marketplace purchases.

For explanations regarding the common tasks that a partner EA administrator accomplishes in the Azure EA portal, see Azure EA portal administration for partners.

Next steps