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Level 100: Cost and Usage Analysis

Authors

  • Nathan Besh, Cost Lead Well-Architected

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Table of Contents

  1. View your AWS Invoices
  2. View your cost and usage in detail
  3. Download your monthly cost and usage file
  4. Tear down
  5. Rate this Lab

1. View your AWS Invoices

At the end of a billing cycle or at the time you choose to incur a one-time fee, AWS charges the payment method you have and issues your invoice as a PDF file. You can view these invoices through the AWS console, which will show summary information of all usage and cost incurred for that one off item, or billing period.

  1. Log into the console as an IAM user with the required permissions, go to the billing dashboard: Images/AWSInvoice0.png

  2. Select Payment History from the menu on the left: Images/AWSInvoice1.png

  3. Click on an Invoice/Receipt ID corresponding to the month you wish to view: Images/AWSInvoice2.png

  4. It will download a PDF version of your invoice similar to below: Images/AWSInvoice3.png

2. View your cost and usage in detail

You can view past and present costs and usage through the console, which also provides more detailed information on cost and usage. We will go through accessing your cost and usage by service, and by linked account (if applicable). We will then drill down into a specific service.

  1. Go to the billing dashboard: Images/AWSBillDetail0.png

  2. Click on Bills from the left menu: Images/AWSBillDetail1.png

  3. Select the Date you require from the drop down menu, by clicking on the menu item: Images/AWSBillDetail2.png

  4. You will be shown Bill details by service, where you can dynamically drill down into the specific service cost and usage. Pick your largest cost service and look into the region and line items: Images/AWSBillDetail3.png

  5. Select Bill details by account to see cost and usage for each account separately. Select the Account name, then drill down into the specific service cost and usage: Images/AWSBillDetail4.png

3. Download your monthly cost and usage file

It is possible to download a CSV version of your summary cost and usage information. This can be accessed by a spreadsheet application for ease of use. We will download your monthly usage file and view it.

  1. Go to the billing dashboard: Images/AWSBillDetail0.png

  2. Click on Bills from the left menu: Images/AWSBillDetail1.png

  3. Select the Date you require from the drop down menu, by clicking on the menu item: Images/AWSBillDetail2.png

  4. Click on Download CSV: Images/AWSDownloadBill0.png

  5. It will download a CSV version of the bill you can use in a spreadsheet application. It is recommended to NOT use this data source for calculations and analysis, instead you should use the Cost and Usage Report, which is covered in 200_4_Cost_and_Usage_ansalysis. Images/AWSDownloadBill1.png

4. Tear down

There is no configuration performed within this lab, so no teardown is required.

5. Rate this lab

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