Applies to: Nerdio Manager for MSP (NMM) partners
As the name suggests, the Cost Estimator (CE) allows you as a MSP to estimate your customers' costs of running AVD environments using Nerdio. The Cost Estimator is a calculator that asks a series of questions and generates an estimate based on the information entered. The estimate includes a detailed breakdown of the costs.
The following areas are covered by the Cost Estimator and included in the estimate that is generated:
- AVD desktops - personal desktops, pooled desktops, desktops that require GPU cores.
- Server VMs - virtual machines you will run in the customer's environment. These are VMs besides the VMs that are needed for serving AVD desktops. For example, if customer has a need to host QuickBooks or need to run SQL Server on a VM.
- Software licensing - Microsoft 365, Windows 10 and SQL Server software licenses.
- Azure Hybrid Benefit and Reserved Instances - ways to save on costs of consuming compute resources in Azure.
- Backup - this includes backup of servers, AVD desktops and Azure file shares.
- VPN - a site-to-site VPN if one is needed between Azure and on-prem location.
- Hosting costs - for running NMM portal in your (MSP's) Azure environment.
- Azure AD DS - Managed domain service from Azure.
- FSLogix profiles - storage costs of profile containers for AVD desktop users.
- Bandwidth - data egress costs.
- Storage operations - for S and E class storage.
- Discounts - CSP discounts available to you from your distributor or Azure provider.
- Region - Azure resource costs vary by region.
- Currency - the currency in which you charge your customer.
Once you have generated an estimate, you can:
- Go back and tweak the inputs to generate a new estimate.
- Save it to a library of estimates to come back to the estimate in the future. Scroll to the very bottom of the results page to click Save button.
- Print the estimate. The system will generate a PDF version of the information you see on screen. You can then print the PDF file.
- Navigate to the library of saved estimates to work on other estimates.
- If you are working on a previously saved estimate, you will also be able to clone the estimate by clicking the "Save as" button.
Once you have navigated to the Estimates library, you will see a list of any previously saved estimates:
You can search for estimates from the Search section:
- By estimates' name
- By estimates' description
- By estimates' created date or last modified date
You can take the following actions on an estimate from the action menu:
- View - loads the saved estimate in to the Cost Estimator. You can now tweak the information you have entered and view detailed results.
- Print - generates a PDF version of the detailed estimate. You can then print the PDF file.
- Edit - allows you to change the name and description of estimate.
- Clone - creates a duplicate of the currently saved estimate.
- Export - generates a CSV file with a list of Azure and Microsoft resources in the estimate.
- Delete - destroys the estimate and removes it permanently from the estimate library. It is not possible to recover a deleted estimate.
You can start a brand new estimate by clicking the "Add estimate" button. This will you take to the Cost Estimator page where you will need to enter information to generate a new estimate.
There are two important settings that allow you control the navigation experience. Click the "Settings" icon to reveal two options:
- Show mine only - this lets you control if you view estimates that have been saved by others in your organization.
- Default to manage - this lets you control if you are taken to the library or to the CE page when you click "Cost Estimator" from the main menu.