Using Access ID and Contract ID to create on-premises professional support incidents
Applies to: BenefitsPartner
This article explains how an Access ID and a Contract ID are used to submit on-premises professional support incidents online. The example used is for Microsoft Partner Network product support incidents. However, the workflow is very similar for Visual Studio and Software Assurance.
Online submission is convenient because you may submit a request anytime (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), avoid a phone menu and phone queue, find relevant self-help resources, and enter a detailed problem description, including attachments, to help solve your technical problem faster.
Access ID and Contract ID are used for professional on-premises, Microsoft Azure and Dynamics technical support requests.
A support contract is required when you have multiple professional support incidents. The contract is used to track the balance of available support incidents and expire the benefits after one year (MPN contracts 1 year+30 days). An Access ID and a Contract ID are required to uniquely identify your support contract and enable you to submit a support incident online. They are only entered once and then associated with your portal sign-in for future requests. To share your support benefits, simply share the Access ID and Contract ID (sharing sign-in and passwords is not recommended).
MPN Partners please see Technical Support for Microsoft Partners for partner specific guidance
Customer Online submission portals
|Product||Portal||Requirements||Access ID and Contract ID|
|Any on-premises product||https://aka.ms/SupportforBusiness
Create a support request and click Get started.
|1. Product selection, 2. Issue details, then 3. Support plan to add contract or purchase a support incident
Any MSA / AAD sign-in and Access ID + Contract ID to add a support contract
MSA Sign-in and a credit card to purchase Pay Per Incident (PPI) support incidents
|Required for support contracts|
|Microsoft Office 365, Intune, EMS||https://portal.office.com/AdminPortal||Office portal sign-in||Not required|
|Microsoft Azure||https://portal.azure.com||Azure subscription sign-in
Access ID and Contract ID or Azure support plan
|Required for support contracts|
|Dynamics 365||Customer Engagement, Business Central, etc use Power Platform and new support request
Finance and Operations, Retail or Talent use Lifecycle services - see DOCS
|Dynamics subscription sign-in
Access ID and Contract ID or Dynamics support plan
|Required for support contracts|
Step by step: Using Access and Contract IDs to submit an on-premises / hybrid support request
The Support for Business portal enables professional support requests to be created or managed (if you are the primary or an additional contact on the support request).
To submit a request online for an on-premises product, sign-in to Support for Business using a Microsoft Account (MSA) or Azure Active Directory (AAD) account, complete your one time profile, and from the Manage support requests page click +Create a new support request.
Follow the steps in the new support request workflow:
"Step 1: Tell us about the issue you are experiencing” is used to identify the product and describe the problem
"Step 2: Tell us about the type of support you need” is where you select an active support contract you previously added or expand “Do you need to purchase or expand more support plans?” to Add Contract or click Buy Now to purchase a support incident (Pay Per Incident, PPI*).
*Pay Per Incident is not available for an AAD sign-in, please use an MSA Sign-in eg Outlook.com for Pay Per Incident (More info).
If you have any problems adding or using a support contract or see the error “The Contract is already registered", expand the “Would you like to see unavailable support plans?” section to see error messages eg Support plan has expired, Support plan has no units available, Support plan cannot be used for support on the specified product.
Your support contract / support plan will NOT be displayed if:
- You have not added the contract to associate it to your current sign-in account. See Benefit Activation
- The support contract has expired (typically 1 year or for MPN 1 year +30 days).
- There are no available support incidents.
- The product version is not enabled for your support contract / support plan*.
- Visual Studio support benefit or products that are still in the mainstream support phase of the support lifecycle
- MPN Signature Cloud support is for cloud products only, not on-premises products.
- MPN Core benefits Product Support Incidents eg Partner support MAPS 10pack etc are only for recent on-premise products, they cannot be used for Cloud products. Therefore, Action pack partners need to purchase Cloud support.
Sign-in and one time profile required
You need to use a Microsoft Account (MSA) or Azure Active Directory (AAD) account sign-in eg Work account for customers or Partner Center account for partners to use Support for Business.
If you need to purchase a support incident for an old product version. Use an MSA Sign-in (not AAD) and a credit card, to purchase Pay Per Incident (PPI) – see Professional Support (pay-per-incident) support plans are not available for Azure Active Directory accounts
The first time the workflow is used the user must complete a profile. First and Last name are greyed out because they are based on the account used to Sign-in. The information is used to set defaults and the values can all be changed later.
If you added a contract and it is not displayed or are attempting to add a new contract and you have problems see Missing a support contract or Add Contract fails.
You need your support contract activated and the Access ID & Contract ID to add contract the first time; before you can create a support request online.
- See Activate and use the Technical Support benefit in Visual Studio subscriptions
- See Partner Center Technical Support Benefits
New On-Premises Support request
+ Create a new support request
On the “Manage Support Requests” page, click the "+ Create a new support request” button to start the workflow.
The workflow layout is vertical, click next as you progress though the workflow and Edit to go back and update a step.
Step 1: Tell us about the issue you are experiencing
Select the product, version, category, problem, issue description. When available try the Virtual agent. Click Next to progress to the next step.
Step 2: Tell us about the type of support you need
Select an existing support contract, add a new support contract or purchase support from this section. If you previously added a support contract and do not see it displayed, expand “Would you like to see unavailable support plans?” and also check the account you have used to sign-in.
Existing support contracts are displayed, including end date and incidents remaining
“Would you like to see unavailable support plans ?” is where you can see error messages for associated support plans eg Support plan has expired, Support plan has no units available, Support plan cannot be used for support on the specified products. If you add the same support contract more than once you will see the error message “The Contract is already registered.” and you should review error messages.
Severity and routing
When the support plan is selected select. You select Severity.
Only Critical severity will display the 24/7 support option.
Where are you located and time zone routes your request, please check the values are correct.
Add Contract or purchase support
Expand “Do you need to purchase or expand more support plans?”
- Add Contract, will enable Access ID and Contract ID to be used to add partner product support incidents eg Partner support Gold 20pack or other professional support contracts eg Visual studio. See Technical Support Benefits
- Purchase paid support. Only Microsoft Account (MSA) can be used to purchase PPI.
If the user is using an Azure Active Directory (AAD) account they need to sign out to purchase PPI.
The 5-pack is not available in all regions. You are recommended to purchase a single incident unless you are sure all incidents purchased will be used within 1 year.
Fill out your credit card details to associate the payment to your current sign-in account. To change your settings, go to account.microsoft.com.
When the Credit card has been saved, use to purchase the support incident. As stated in the workflow "You will be charged immediately. This transaction is subject to the Microsoft Services Agreement." To change your settings, go to account.microsoft.com.
Step 3: Provide primary contact information
The primary contact will be contacted by the Microsoft support engineer and can see open or closed requests from the Manage support requests page.
Step 4: Share this support request
Add an additional contact as a backup contact for the Microsoft support engineer and to enable other contacts to see open or closed request from the Manage support requests page.
If you create a support request for a colleague and add them as the primary contact, you need to add your account as an additional contact to be able to track status.
Step 5: Verify information
Click Edit on the steps above to update the information.
Step 6: Submit request
The submitter will see the confirmation page. Only the primary contact will be emailed with the case details.
If the submitter is not the primary or additional contact they cannot Manage support requests to see open or closed requests.
Both the primary and additional contact can view the open or closed request online.
Manage Support requests
You can check status, send and view communications, upload attachments, and add additional contacts.
When you sign-in to Support for Business you can Manage support requests based on your account. You can see support requests if your account is used as the primary contact or you were added as an additional contact. If you create a support request with another user or account as the primary contact, add your account as and an additional contact to be able to track status. If you forget, ask a case contact to add you as a contact by using the sharing tab.
Only the primary contact on the support request is sent an email with the request ID and summary details.
The primary contact or additional contact may add you as an additional contact using Manage Support requests. The Microsoft support engineer who owns the request may also add or remove contacts.
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