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Post your technical questions in TechNet Forums to receive a response from a Microsoft support professional within 2 business days if the community hasn't answered your question.
There is no limit to the number of postings that you can make to the Forums.
To access TechNet Forums, sign in to My Account. To ensure you receive a response within 2 business days, you must post using the Microsoft account associated with your subscription.
You will receive a response within two (2) business days (English only) by a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) or one of your peers. A Microsoft support professional will review responses for accuracy and post a response if needed.
There are two ways we ensure that responses are accurate: First, Forum members tend to do a good job of guiding discussions and challenging answers that are suspect. Second, Microsoft support professionals review queries posted by registered TechNet Forums users to ensure that the community's responses are correct, and will respond if the community provides an incorrect or incomplete answer.
If an answer from the community does not resolve your issue and you require further assistance, you do not need to repost your question, but you do need to reply to the thread and state that your issue is not resolved to your satisfaction.
Note: Microsoft support professionals review all responses to TechNet Subscribers. A Microsoft support professional will correct erroneous replies to a question, but may not directly respond if the community has correctly answered the question.
With TechNet Forums, TechNet subscribers enjoy unlimited, complimentary support as opposed to the limited number of Professional Support Incidents.
Complex break/fix issues that involve extensive research time and issues involving custom-environment or server down situations are best handled by working with a Microsoft support professional through a Professional Support Incident, rather than through Forum support.
As a TechNet Professional subscriber, you are entitled to receive two (2) complimentary support calls and a 20 percent discount1 on any additional support calls you purchase. TechNet Standard subscribers are not entitled to complimentary Technical Support incidents.
TechNet Professional subscriptions include Professional Support Incidents to assist when encountering specific symptoms while using a Microsoft product and where there is a reasonable expectation that the problem is caused by the Microsoft product. These Support calls can be used:
A call is defined as a single support issue and the reasonable effort needed to resolve it. A single support call is a problem that cannot be broken down into subordinate issues. If a problem consists of subordinate issues, each shall be considered a separate call.
If a problem is determined by Microsoft to be the result of a defect in a Microsoft product, the customer will not be charged for that call.
You must set up your support contract while or before submitting your first incident. This process may take up to 3 business days.
Subscribers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa:
Follow the activation instructions included on http://support.microsoft.com/activatesupport.
Subscribers in all other geographies:
You will need your Subscriber ID (Benefit Access Number), which can be found within My Account.
Already have your Contract ID or Access ID? Submit an issue online or call the Microsoft Technical Support number for your country.
Additional support calls can be purchased at a 20% discount1 any time during your active subscription period. This offer only applies to pay-per-incident Professional Support and cannot be used for 5-incident packs, Premier Support, or Essential Support.
1Discounts on pay-per-incident support are available only in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Denmark, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Finland, France, South Africa, Greece, Liechtenstein, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Australia, and New Zealand.
Unused support incidents cannot be carried over when renewing your subscription. If you renew your TechNet Professional, you are entitled to new incidents.
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