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Prometheus exporter for the Microsoft Azure billing API. Check out this blog post for more background about the idea and some nice screenshots.

Description

azure-costs-exporter is a web app, that is intended to be called by Prometheus to export billing information from Azure. It will then return the available metrics in Prometheus compatible format.

The billing API in use is part of the "Enterprise Agreement (EA)" Portal. Hence, it is not available for pay-as-you-go subscriptions. The configuration requires an active EA with Microsoft.

Configuration

You need to create an application.cfg file. This file is essentially a Python file that defines variables in regular Python syntax. The following variables need to be defined in order to record various metrics.

If you do not want to monitor a given metric, just do not define the corresponding XXX_METRIC_NAME option.

Enterprise billing metrics


Add the following variables to the `application.cfg` file:

    ENROLLMENT_NUMBER='123456'
    BILLING_API_ACCESS_KEY='very_secret_key'
    BILLING_METRIC_NAME='azure_costs'

- `ENROLLMENT_NUMBER` is the unique ID that identifies a particular EA.
- The `BILLING_API_ACCESS_KEY` can be created in the [EA portal](https://ea.azure.com/) to gain
access to the billing API. Navigate to "Reports > Download Usage" and generate an API Access Key.
- `BILLING_METRIC_NAME` is the name of the time series that will be generated in Prometheus.


Microsoft AD application settings

For monitoring of reserved or allocated virtual machines, you need to provide additional configuration options in the application.cfg file:

APPLICATION_ID='abcd'
APPLICATION_SECRET='secret'
AD_TENANT_ID='efgh'

The configuration variables contain details on the Microsoft service principal / Azure Active Directory application / app registration. The Microsoft documentation explains what all this means, and how to obtain the values for above configuration options.

  • APPLICATION_ID is the application ID of a Microsoft service principal / Azure Active Directory application / app registration.
  • APPLICATION_SECRET is the application secret that is created during the Azure app registration.
  • AD_TENANT_ID is the ID of your Azure Active Directory instance.

Allocated virtual machine metrics


In addition to the Microsoft AD application settings, add the following variables to the `application.cfg` file:

    SUBSCRIPTION_IDS=['subscription_1', 'subscription_2']
    ALLOCATED_VM_METRIC_NAME='azure_allocated_vms'

- `SUBSCRIPTION_IDS` is a _sequence_ (!) of subscription IDs that shall be monitored.
- `ALLOCATED_VM_METRIC_NAME` is the name of the time series that will be generated for Prometheus

Please note that the application ID requires "Reader" permissions on each subscription that you want to
monitor.


Reserved virtual machine metrics
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In addition to the Microsoft AD application settings, add the following variables to the `application.cfg` file:

    RESERVED_VM_METRIC_NAME='azure_reserved_vms'

- `RESERVED_VM_METRIC_NAME` is the name of the time series that will be generated for Prometheus

Please note that the application requires "Reader" permissions on _each individual_ reservation _order_ to be
able to retrieve the information of the actual reservations within the reservation orders. That's permissions
for you :-D.


Deployment
----------

E.g. via `gunicorn`. In an activated `virtualenv`, you can do:

    pip install azure-costs-exporter gunicorn
    cp /path/to/application.cfg .
    gunicorn azure_costs_exporter:app

Tests
-----

The used python testing tool is [pytest](https://docs.pytest.org/en/latest/).
To run the tests:

```bash
mkvirtualenv billing
pip install -r requirements_dev.txt
pip install -e .
py.test
```

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