In today’s Azure Nugget I wanted to share with you how to increase the core count in Azure. Why would you want to do this and is this necessary? By default each subscription in Azure has a core quota limit of 20 cores per region with a maximum limit of 10,000 per region. Keep in mind that limits can vary by offer category type (i.e. Free Trial, Pay-As-You-Go etc.). If you plan to use more than 20 cores then you will probably want to do this soon after creating your subscription. The 20 core limitation can be increased with a support request. You will only pay for the number of cores you use and not for the number allocated. The steps below will show you how to submit the request using the Preview Portal (aka v2 portal or ARM mode). You can still use this method to request a core increase for v1 resources as well but just specify that in your request.
1. From the Preview Portal Home page click on the Help + Support tile.
2. Select Create support request.
3. In the New support request blade, select Request type and click Quotas.
4. Select the subscription that you would like to have the core count increased.
5. On the Resources blade select General question.
6. Select a Support plan and click Ok.
7. Under Problem type select “Quota or Core Increase Requests” and under Category select “Cores: Virtual Machines and Cloud Services”, and click Ok.
8. On the Description blade, in the Details box type something similar to “Please increase my core count to <number> in the <your_region> for Azure Resource Manager.” It is important that you include the region as well as the mode or else you could end up getting the core increase based on v1 resources (Azure Service Management mode). Fill out Time frame and Resource boxes if necessary and click Ok.
9. On the Contacts blade, enter your contact info, Select Ok, and Create. Be patient as this could take up to a couple of days to get resolved.
10. To verify the core count you will need to have the Azure PowerShell module installed. Click here if you need help getting it installed. Once installed run the command below.
Once the Service Request is created it will show up on the Home page. You can click on it to get the details or to add a message. You will also have a history of all the communications.
I hope you liked this Azure Nugget on how you can increase the core count on your subscription and it will save you from hitting a brick wall during your deployments. Stay tuned for more Azure Nuggets!