Create an Azure support request
Azure enables you to create and manage support requests, also known as support tickets. You can create and manage requests in the Azure portal, which is covered in this article. You can also create and manage requests programmatically, using the Azure support ticket REST API, or by using Azure CLI.
The Azure portal URL is specific to the Azure cloud where your organization is deployed.
Azure provides unlimited support for subscription management, which includes billing, quota adjustments, and account transfers. For technical support, you need a support plan. For more information, see Compare support plans.
You can get to Help + support in the Azure portal. It's available from the Azure portal menu, the global header, or the resource menu for a service. Before you can file a support request, you must have appropriate permissions.
Azure role-based access control
You must have the appropriate access to a subscription before you can create a support request for it. This means you must have the Owner, Contributor, or Support Request Contributor role, or a custom role with Microsoft.Support/*, at the subscription level.
To create a support request without a subscription, for example an Azure Active Directory scenario, you must be an Admin.
If a support request requires investigation into multiple subscriptions, you must have the required access for each subscription involved (Owner, Contributor, Reader, Support Request Contributor, or a custom role with the Microsoft.Support/supportTickets/read permission).
Go to Help + support from the global header
To start a support request from anywhere in the Azure portal:
Select the ? in the global header, then select Help + support.
Select Create a support request. Follow the prompts to provide information about your problem. We'll suggest some possible solutions, gather details about the issue, and help you submit and track the support request.
Go to Help + support from a resource menu
To start a support request in the context of the resource you're currently working with:
From the resource menu, in the Support + troubleshooting section, select New Support Request.
Follow the prompts to provide us with information about the problem you're having. When you start the support request process from a resource, some options are pre-selected for you.
Create a support request
We'll walk you through some steps to gather information about your problem and help you solve it. Each step is described in the following sections.
The first step of the support request process is to select an issue type. You'll then be prompted for more information, which can vary depending on what type of issue you selected. If you select Technical, you'll need to specify the service that your issue relates to. Depending on the service, you'll see additional options for Problem type and Problem subtype. Be sure to select the service (and problem type/subtype if applicable) that is most related to your issue. Selecting an unrelated service may result in delays in addressing your support request.
In most cases, you'll need to specify a subscription. Be sure to choose the subscription where you are experiencing the problem. The support engineer assigned to your case will only be able to access resources in the subscription you specify. The access requirement serves as a point of confirmation that the support engineer is sharing information to the right audience, which is a key factor for ensuring the security and privacy of customer data. For details on how Azure treats customer data, see Data Privacy in the Trusted Cloud.
If the issue applies to multiple subscriptions, you can mention additional subscriptions in your description, or by sending a message later. However, the support engineer will only be able to work on subscriptions to which you have access. If you don't have the required access for a subscription, we won't be able to work on it as part of your request.
Once you've provided all of these details, select Next.
Based on the information you provided, we'll show you recommended solutions you can use to try and resolve the problem. In some cases, we may even run a quick diagnostic. Solutions are written by Azure engineers and will solve most common problems.
If you're still unable to resolve the issue, continue creating your support request by selecting Next.
Next, we collect additional details about the problem. Providing thorough and detailed information in this step helps us route your support request to the right engineer.
Complete the Problem details so that we have more information about your issue. If possible, tell us when the problem started and any steps to reproduce it. You can optionally upload one file (or a compressed file such as .zip that contains multiple files), such as a log file or browser trace. For more information on file uploads, see File upload guidelines.
In the Advanced diagnostic information section, select Yes or No. Selecting Yes allows Azure support to gather advanced diagnostic information from your Azure resources. If you prefer not to share this information, select No. See the Advanced diagnostic information logs section for more details about the types of files we might collect.
In some cases, there will be additional options to choose from. For example, for certain types of Virtual Machine problem types, you can choose whether to allow access to a virtual machine's memory.
In the Support method section, select the Severity level, depending on the business impact. The maximum available severity level and time to respond depends on your support plan.
Provide your preferred contact method, your availability, and your preferred support language.
Complete the Contact info section so that we know how to reach you.
Select Next when you've completed all of the necessary information.
Review + create
Before you create your request, review all of the details that you'll send to support. You can select Previous to return to any tab if you want to make changes. When you're satisfied that the support request is complete, select Create.
A support engineer will contact you using the method you indicated. For information about initial response times, see Support scope and responsiveness.
Advanced diagnostic information logs
When you allow collection of advanced diagnostic information, Microsoft support can collect information that can help solve your problem more quickly. This non-exhaustive list includes examples of the most common files collected under advanced diagnostic information for different services or environments.
- Microsoft Azure PaaS VM logs
- Microsoft Azure IaaS VM logs
- Microsoft Azure Service Fabric logs
- StorSimple support packages and device logs
- SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines logs
- Azure Active Directory logs
- Azure Stack Edge support package and device logs
- Azure Synapse Analytics logs
Memory dump collection
When you create a support case for certain Virtual Machine (VM) problem types, you will be asked whether you'll allow support to access your virtual machine's memory. If you do so, we may collect a memory dump to help diagnose the problem.
A complete memory dump is the largest kernel-mode dump file. This file includes all of the physical memory that is used by Windows. A complete memory dump does not, by default, include physical memory that is used by the platform firmware.
The dump is copied from the compute node (Azure host) to another server for debugging within the same datacenter. Customer data is protected, since the data does not leave Azure's secure boundary.
The dump file is created by generating a Hyper-V save state of the VM. This will pause the VM for up to 10 minutes, after which time the VM is resumed. The VM is not restarted as part of this process.
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