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Azure w/o a credit card?

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    fanbaby

    Or can one register with a credit card and make sure it will not be charged?

     

    Thanks

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    Maddus Mattus

    I've got one account without a cc. They disable it as soon as I make costs.
    If you spend enough they will also send you an invoice.

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    JoshRoss

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    I've got one account without a cc. They disable it as soon as I make costs.
    If you spend enough they will also send you an invoice.

    That is a strange combination of actions. Is the invoice printed on a dead tree? If you haven't incurred any cost, what is on it?

    -Josh

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    cheong

    @JoshRoss:I receive my monthly invoice in email even when there's no fee in it. (I'm MSDN subscriber and have free basic Azure quota.)

    In additional to the $0 bill, it also contain things like storage capacity and CPU quota usage that help you have rough idea on whether you're nearly exceed your quota, so you can either reduce your usage or buy some quota.

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    JoshRoss

    I have an MSDN subscription, and for the life of me I can't bring myself to activate my Azure trial. I don't want to crack it open without having a good idea as to what I should do with it. But, I likely won't know what to do with it until I crack it open. I wish that I had a project that required a burst of computing power.

    -Josh

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    cheong

    @JoshRoss: Because it lacks a way to perform Office Automation, I have limited use of it. Currently I just use SQL Azure as handy SQL testing tool when I have to work onsite and doesn't have direct connection to SQL server. (Some don't allow vendors to directly touch the server once it goes production, they'll just run modified SQL statements for us there, so I have to find way to find out the statement I wrote is correct.)

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    Maddus Mattus

    @JoshRoss: yeah, a dead tree invoice. But you have to contact your Microsoft sales rep and they have to draw up a minimal consumption agreement and then they send you an invoice.

    I had to use that construction when I did a project for our parliament. They didn't want to give up their credit card. One of the steps was to do a credit check, of the Dutch government, lol.

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    wkempf

    @Maddus Mattus:I don't know... there might be a warrant out for the Dutch government. Need to get a PI to tail them for a few weeks, I think.

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    ScanIAm

    , JoshRoss wrote

    I have an MSDN subscription, and for the life of me I can't bring myself to activate my Azure trial. I don't want to crack it open without having a good idea as to what I should do with it. But, I likely won't know what to do with it until I crack it open. I wish that I had a project that required a burst of computing power.

    -Josh

    www.rockpaperazure.com

    Our .Net user group is competing against one another and it's been kind of interesting...

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    GoddersUK

    @wkempf: Well they are in the eurozone! Tongue Out

     

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    blowdart

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    I had to use that construction when I did a project for our parliament. They didn't want to give up their credit card. One of the steps was to do a credit check, of the Dutch government, lol.

    Is the Dutch government Euro based? Tongue Out

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    Maddus Mattus

    It makes perfect sense now, but back then we lolled Wink

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    pavone

     Wonder why MS doesn't do something like Google App Engine where it's free for limited usage. It's good for students looking to do senior design projects..

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    kettch

    @pavone: Because when Google provides a limited free service, and people bump into the limit, they shrug and either deal with it, or buy the full service. When people bump into a Microsoft limit, they piss and moan about how they deserve to have everything for free.

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    Maddus Mattus

    @pavone: programs like; azure free trail, dreamspark and free use with MSDN accounts?

    They have that.

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    pavone

    Mattus, free software is nice, but I'm specifically referring to Azure. The free trial is 90-days I believe, which may not be enough time. Students do get MSDNAA but I've never seen cloud usage offered free there either. 

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    Maddus Mattus

    @pavone: why would you need azure as a student? Usually te school has plenty of ict means at their disposal.

    If it hasn't then you could buy a domain name, put the cname record on the current instance and create a new trail in 90 days and alter cname. then you could keep it free for a bit longer.

    Or you can write your local Microsoft rep. They are usually quite happy to help for a bit of press coverage.

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    JoshRoss

    , ScanIAm wrote

    *snip*

    www.rockpaperazure.com

    Our .Net user group is competing against one another and it's been kind of interesting...

    How in the world does a bot get a 76:1 record in a game of chance?

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