Transfer an Azure subscription to an Enterprise Agreement (EA)

This article helps you understand the steps needed to transfer an individual Microsoft Online Service Program (MOSP) subscription (Azure offer MS-AZR-003P pay-as-you-go) to an EA. The transfer has no downtime, however there are many steps to follow to enable the transfer.

Note

You can't transfer subscriptions to a Microsoft Entra B2B or Azure B2C tenant.

If you want to transfer a different subscription type to EA, see Azure subscription and reservation transfer hub for supported transfer options.

Note

The transfer process doesn't change Microsoft Entra Directory information that the subscriptions are linked to. If you want to make a Microsoft Entra Directory change, see Transfer an Azure subscription to a different Microsoft Entra directory.

Prerequisites

The following sections help you identify your subscription account admin, required access to the destination EA, and set the EA authentication level.

Identify the subscription account admin

Identify the subscription account admin by signing in to the Azure portal with an account that has at least the Azure RBAC reader role for the subscription. Then navigate to Subscriptions > Select the subscription > Properties. The subscription Account Admin is shown. Make a note of the user information.

Screenshot showing subscription properties where you can view the Account Admin.

Note

You must sign in later with the same Account Admin user account as described in the preceding information. If you don't have access to the account, you must get it before proceeding. For more information, see Transfer billing ownership of an Azure subscription to another account.

Access to the destination EA

You must have access to the destination EA to create an EA account owner. An existing or new department is required. The department is where the subscription is put when the subscription is transferred. The EA account owner owns the subscription that's put in the department.

You must have one of the following roles to create an EA account owner. For more information about EA roles, see Managing Azure Enterprise Agreement roles.

  • Enterprise Administrator
  • Department Administrator

Set EA authentication level

EAs have an authentication level set that determines which types of users can be added as EA account owners for the enrollment. There are four authentication levels available.

Ensure that the authentication level set for the EA allows you to create a new EA account owner using the subscription account administrator noted previously. For example:

  • If the subscription account administrator has an email address domain of @outlook.com, then the EA must have its authentication level set to either Microsoft Account Only or Mixed Account.
  • If the subscription account administrator has an email address domain of @<YourAzureADTenantPrimaryDomain.com>, then the EA must have its authentication level set to either Work or School Account or Work or School Account Cross Tenant. The ability to create a new EA account owner depends on whether the EA's default domain is the same as the subscription account administrator's email address domain.

Note

When set correctly, changing the authentication level doesn't impact the transfer process.

Transfer the subscription to the EA

After you've reviewed and completed any needed prerequisites, you're ready to start the process to transfer of the subscription to the EA.

Create an EA account owner

As described in the prerequisites section, you must create an EA account owner either as part of an existing or new EA department.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as an enterprise or department administrator.
  2. To create a new department, see Create a department.
  3. To create the EA account owner, see Add an account and account owner. When asked for the Account Owner E-Mail enter the email address of the subscription Account Admin that you identified previously.

    Note

    If the EA Authentication Level is set incorrectly, the EA account owner creation fails and an error is shown.

After the EA account owner is created the subscription account Administrator, who is also now an EA account owner, receives an email. It notifies the user that they're now an EA Account Owner. If the user doesn't have access to an email mailbox associated with the account specified, there's no need to worry. The email is only a notification. Information in the email isn't required to proceed. However, an email mailbox is advised for future notifications about the subscription.

Complete the subscription transfer

Now that the subscription account administrator is also an EA account owner, they can create subscriptions under the EA.

Important

Before proceeding you need to understand what happens when a new EA account owner signs in to the Azure portal for the first time. Read and understand the following information before you sign in as the subscription account administrator.

The first time a new EA account owner signs in to the Azure portal, they see the following warning:

WARNING

You are about to associate your account (email address) to the following enrollment:

Enrollment Name: <EnrollmentName>
Enrollment Number: <EnrollmentNumber>

All Enrollment Administrators can gain access to all of your subscriptions if you proceed.
Additionally, all Azure subscriptions for which you are the account owner will be converted to your Enterprise Agreement.
This includes subscriptions which include a monthly credit (e.g. Visual Studio, Microsoft Cloud Partner Program, BizSpart, etc.) meaning you will lose the monthly credit by proceeding.
All subscriptions based on a Visual Studio subscriber offer (monthly credit for Visual Studio subscribers or Pay-As-You-Go Dev/Test) will be converted to use the Enterprise Dev/Test usage rates and be billed against this enrollment from today onwards.
If you wish to retain the monthly credits currently associated with any of your subscriptions, please cancel.
Please see additional details.

Cancel  Continue

The warning states the following:

When a user is added as an account owner, any Azure subscriptions associated with the account owner that are based on either the MOSP (PAYG) Dev/Test offer or the monthly credit offers for Visual Studio subscribers will be converted to the EA Dev/Test offer. Subscriptions based on other offer types, such as MOSP (PAYG), associated with the Account Owner will be converted to the standard EA subscription offer.

If the user understands the consequences of the warning, select Continue and the subscriptions associated with their account are transferred to the EA.

More help

Using the preceding information, you should have transferred the subscription to the EA. If you need more help, create a billing support request.

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