Azure VM definitely gives lot of flexibility like:
- High-end Hardware Configuration
- Ready Software
- High-speed Internet
- Quick Availability
At the same time the Cost can be Quite Huge if one is considering High Configuration with Costly Software Licenses.
Most of the time I have noticed the Users will be using VM only less than 6 hour per day. Rest of the time it will be left alone. This is simply eating lot of $ per hour if you calculate the hours X days for a Month.
Here the Auto-Shutdown feature comes handy. Here are the steps to use it:
Open VM > Control Panel
In the appearing blade choose the Enabled option.
You can also set an Email for notifying you before the shutdown.