You can specify a unified billing account for your enterprise. This helps you manage the financial cost of your enterprise. We recommend that you specify a unified billing account for all member accounts in the resource directory. When you create member accounts in Cloud Governance Center, the specified billing account is recommended for settlement.

Background information

  • After you specify a billing account, the settlement methods of existing member accounts in the resource directory do not change.
  • For more information about trusteeship, see Introduction to trusteeship.

Check whether the management account is associated with the main financial account

Cloud Governance Center automatically checks whether the management account is associated with the main financial account of your enterprise. Cloud Governance Center also checks whether existing member accounts in the resource directory meet the requirements for a billing account. You can specify a billing account for all member accounts in the resource directory based on the check results and the suggestions that are described in the following table.

Check result Suggestion
The management account is associated with the main financial account. Specify the main financial account as a billing account. For more information, see Scenario 1: Specify the main financial account as a billing account.
The management account is not associated with the main financial account. You can use one of the following methods as needed:

Scenario 1: Specify the main financial account as a billing account

  1. On the Specified Billing Account page, select Main Financial Account.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Click Next Task: Create Account.

Scenario 2: Specify the current management account as a billing account

  1. On the Specified Billing Account page, select Current Account.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Click Next Task: Create Account.

Scenario 3: Specify a member account as a billing account

  1. On the Specified Billing Account page, select Other Accounts.
  2. Select a member account.
    The existing member accounts are displayed. Cloud Governance Center automatically checks whether the member accounts meet the requirements. Proceed to the next step based on the check results:
    • Select a member account that meets the requirements as a billing account.
      Note If the existing member accounts do not meet the requirements, their financial information may be incomplete. To complete the financial information, go to the User Center console.
    • Invite another Alibaba Cloud account to join the resource directory and serve as a billing account.
      1. Click Invite Other Accounts.
      2. In the Invite Other Accounts panel, enter the ID or email address of an Alibaba Cloud account and click Add.
      3. Click Invite.
      4. In the Confirmation message, click OK.
        Note An invitation is valid for 24 hours. Invitations that are not confirmed within 24 hours will automatically expire.
      5. Request the owner of the invited Alibaba Cloud account to confirm and accept the invitation by email. Then, the Alibaba Cloud account is added as a member account to the resource directory.
      6. Refresh the account list and select the added member account as a billing account.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click Next Task: Create Account.