What do you get with a Free account in #Azure?

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April 29, 2019 by Kenneth Fisher

The first thing I want to do is say thank you to Michael Crump (b/t). He tweeted out this:

A while back I talked about getting started with Azure. At the time you got a year of $25 a month credit. This is no longer the case but that’s all to the better. I mean look at that list of benefits! Michael wasn’t kidding. It’s -A LOT-.

For 1 month
  • $200 credit


For 12 months
  • 750 hours each of Windows and Linux virtual machines.
  • Two 64gb managed disks.
  • 5gb blog storage.
  • 5gb file storage.
  • 250gb SQL Database.
  • 5gb Azure Cosmos DB.
  • 15gb bandwidth


Always free
  • 10 Web, mobile, or API apps.
  • Functions: 1,000,000 requests per month.
  • Event Grid: 100,000 operations per month.
  • Azure Kubernetes Service: Free
  • Face API: 30,000 transactions per month.
  • DevTest Labs: Free
  • Active Directory B2C: 50,000 monthly stored users.
  • Service Fabric: Free
  • Azure DevOps: 5 users with unlimited private Git repos.
  • Wow this is a long list
  • If you want to read
  • the rest of it you
  • should follow this link
  • to create your free Azure account.
  • Oh, SQL Server Development edition is on the list too.
  • No idea why since it’s not an Azure product.
  • But hey, free!


This gives you 12 months to really dig into Azure without having to spend much if anything. This is a huge, if temporary, boost to your home lab. Just the free VMs alone means you can create a cluster and start playing with availability groups. Or a single VM and practice installing SQL. Or create an Azure SQL DB. Or, well, really almost anything.

Given how quickly things are changing I’d get started!

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