Because of data integrity issues at Microsoft, customers may wish to retrieve the previous month's usage after they received their invoice from Microsoft. Previously, this was done by extending the 'Lookback period' of the connector run. However, for some product categories Microsoft included line items on the previous UnbilledOneTimeInvoiceLineItems with usage dates preceding that month. Therefore, the option to expand or restrict the period that CloudBilling 'looks back' has been replaced by the option to read all of the previous BilledOneTimeInvoiceLineItems's usage, regardless of the usage dates.
What has been changed?
A new setting in the Microsoft CSP Connector Settings has been added, called "Billed One-time Generic".
How does this functionality work?
By default, CloudBilling always reads the current month's UnbilledOneTimeInvoiceLineItems. Since Microsoft often still adds usage after the month's end, CloudBilling will also read the previous month's UnbilledOneTimeInvoiceLineItems between the 1st and 7th of each month. By checking this box, CloudBilling will read the prior month's UnbilledOneTimeInvoiceLineItems, even after the 7th.
For more information, please refer to the Connector Settings section of the CloudBilling documentation.
How can you start using this functionality?
This setting is visible if you are a Microsoft CSP reseller and have activated settings for Reserved Instances, Azure Marketplace, Software Subscriptions or Customer Credits. You can activate it by checking the box. It will automatically uncheck after the next License metering run of the CSP Connector. Please contact email@example.com if you have any further questions.