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Yashesvi Sharma joins Scott Hanselman to discuss how to significantly reduce costs up to 72 percent compared to pay-as-you-go prices with one-year or three-year terms on Windows and Linux virtual machines (VMs). When you combine the cost savings gained from Azure RIs with the added value of the Azure Hybrid Benefit, you can save even more.

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    Links not working for anyone else? The just redirect to the MS home page for me.

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    @Travis: Fixed. My Bad.

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    Tony Valenti

    This is a great plan for Microsoft and for customers! They're basically giving people a discount on pre-paying for a server because they know that 3 years later, you'll be able to get a much bigger server at a much lower rate.

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    So, done some research:

    Reserved Instances are only available to you if you have a Windows Server Subscription

    Which you only get if you particiapte in the Cloud Solution Provider progam

    Which you can only subscribe to through a Microsoft certified license provider

    Which you can only join if you are a Microsoft Partner.

    Good luck! (Open with Edge - otherwise a big browser warning 'Better with Edge' appears)

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    Yashesvi Sharma

    @OzBobWa - Reservation are available for virtual machines compute usage for all customers, Windows server subscription is not a prerequisite.

    Windows Server Software assurance or Subscription is only needed for getting discounts on the Windows OS usage. (i.e. AHUB discounts). You can be eligible for AHUB discounts by purchasing subscriptions through CSP or by purchasing software assurance through EA.

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    Omar Ehmidee

    When should buy the reserved instances (VMs) before or after create the VMs ?

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    @Omar Ehmidee:Either is fine but in general, I would recommend purchasing reservations once you have an established usage pattern and are sure that you will be using the particular VM size + Region over long term.

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    Omar Ehmidee


    Thank you for your reply.

    So, the reservation is not apply in the resource level, it's apply in the subscription level.
    If I have already VMs I can purchase reservation in anytime ?
    Right ?

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