Creating support cases and case management - Amazon Web Services Support
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Creating support cases and case management

In the Amazon Web Services Management Console, you can create three types of customer cases in Amazon Web Services Support:

  • Account and billing support cases are available to all Amazon customers. You can get help with billing and account questions.

  • Service limit increase requests are available to all Amazon customers. For more information about the default service quotas, formerly referred to as limits, see Amazon service quotas in the Amazon General Reference.

  • Technical support cases connect you to technical support for help with service-related technical issues and, in some cases, third-party applications. If you have Basic Support, you can't create a technical support case.

    Notes

Creating a support case

You can create a support case in the Support Center of the Amazon Web Services Management Console.

Notes
  • You can sign in to Support Center as the root user of your Amazon account or as an Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) user. For more information, see Manage access to Amazon Web Services Support Center.

  • If you can't sign in to Support Center and create a support case, you can use the Contact Us page instead. You can use this page to get help with billing and account issues.

To create a support case
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Support Center Console.

    Tip

    In the Amazon Web Services Management Console, you can also choose the question mark icon ( ) and then choose Support Center.

  2. Choose Create case.

  3. Choose one of the following options:

    • Account and billing

    • Technical

    • For service quota increases, choose Looking for service limit increases? and then follow the instructions for Creating a service quota increase.

  4. Choose the Service, Category, and Severity.

    Tip

    You can use the recommended solutions that appear for commonly asked questions.

  5. Choose Next step: Additional information

  6. On the Additional information page, for Subject, enter a title about your issue.

  7. For Description, follow the prompts to describe your case, such as the following:

    • Error messages that you received

    • Troubleshooting steps that you followed

    • How you're accessing the service:

      • Amazon Web Services Management Console

      • Amazon Command Line Interface (Amazon CLI)

      • API operations

  8. (Optional) Choose Attach files to add any relevant files to your case, such as error logs or screenshots. You can attach up to three files. Each file can be up to 5 MB.

  9. Choose Next step: Solve now or contact us.

  10. On the Contact us page, choose your preferred language. Currently, you can choose English or Japanese.

  11. Choose your preferred contact method. You can choose one of the following options:

    1. Web – Receive a reply in Support Center.

    2. Chat – Start a live chat with a support agent. If you can't connect to a chat, see Troubleshooting.

    3. Phone – Receive a phone call from a support agent. If you choose this option, enter the following information:

      • Country or region

      • Phone number

      • (Optional) Extension

    Notes
    • The contact options that appear depend on the type of case and your support plan.

    • You can choose Discard draft to clear your support case draft.

  12. (Optional) If you have a Business, Enterprise On-Ramp, or Enterprise Support plan, the Additional contacts option appears. You can enter the email addresses of people to notify when the status of the case changes. If you're signed in as an IAM user, include your email address. If you're signed in with your root account email address and password, you don't need to include your email address

    Note

    If you have the Basic Support plan, the Additional contacts option isn't available. However, the Operations contact specified in the Alternate Contacts section of the My Account page receives copies of the case correspondence, but only for the specific case types of account and billing, and technical.

  13. Review your case details and then choose Submit. Your case ID number and summary appear.

Describing your problem

Make your description as detailed as possible. Include relevant resource information, along with anything else that might help us understand your issue. For example, to troubleshoot performance, include timestamps and logs. For feature requests or general guidance questions, include a description of your environment and purpose. In all cases, follow the Description Guidance that appears on your case submission form.

When you provide as much detail as possible, you increase the chances that your case can be resolved quickly.

Choosing a severity

You might be inclined to always create a support case at the highest severity that your support plan allows. However, we recommend that you choose the highest severities for cases that can't be worked around or that directly affect production applications. For information about building your services so that losing single resources doesn't affect your applications, see the Building Fault-Tolerant Applications on Amazon technical paper.

The following table lists the severity levels, response times, and example problems.

Notes
  • You can't change the severity code for a support case after you create one. If your situation changes, work with the Amazon Web Services Support agent for your support case.

  • For more information about the severity level, see the Amazon Web Services Support API Reference.

Severity Severity level code First-response time Description and support plan

General guidance

low

24 hours

You have a general development question, or you want to request a feature. (*Developer, Business, Enterprise On-Ramp, or Enterprise Support plan)

System impaired

normal

12 hours

Non-critical functions of your application are behaving abnormally, or you have a time-sensitive development question. (*Developer, Business, Enterprise On-Ramp, or Enterprise Support plan)

Production system impaired

high

4 hours

Important functions of your application are impaired or degraded. (Business, Enterprise On-Ramp, or Enterprise Support plan)

Production system down

urgent

1 hour

Your business is significantly impacted. Important functions of your application aren't available. (Business, Enterprise On-Ramp, or Enterprise Support plan)

Business-critical system down critical 15 minutes

Your business is at risk. Critical functions of your application aren't available (Enterprise Support plan). Note that this is 30 minutes for the Enterprise On-Ramp Support plan.

Response times

We make every reasonable effort to respond to your initial request within the indicated timeframe. For information about the scope of support for each Amazon Web Services Support plan, see Amazon Web Services Support features.

If you have a Business, Enterprise On-Ramp, or Enterprise Support plan, you have 24/7 access for technical support. *For Developer Support, response targets for support cases are calculated in business hours. Business hours are generally defined as 08:00 to 18:00 in the customer country, excluding holidays and weekends. These times can vary in countries with multiple time zones. The customer country information appears in the Contact Information section of the My Account page in the Amazon Web Services Management Console.

Note

If you choose Japanese as your preferred contact language for support cases, Japanese support is available weekdays 09:00 to 18:00 JST, excluding holidays.

  • If you have a Developer Support plan or need customer service for non-technical support cases, Japanese support is available during JST business hours.

  • If you have a Business, Enterprise On-Ramp, or Enterprise Support plan, technical support is available 24/7 in Japanese.