Activate and use the Technical Support benefit in Visual Studio subscriptions

The Technical Support benefit in Visual Studio subscriptions is for resolving break-fix issues in non-production environments for products that are still in the mainstream support phase of the support lifecycle. Visual Studio Enterprise standard and annual cloud subscriptions receive four incidents, while Visual Studio Professional standard and annual cloud subscriptions receive two incidents, for up to one year from benefit activation. Benefit activation must occur while the subscription is current.


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Not all subscriptions at a given level are eligible to receive support incidents. Subscriptions acquired through FTE, NFR, MPN, MCT and other programs do not receive support incidents. If your subscription is not eligible to receive technical support incidents, the Technical Support tile will not appear in your available benefits.

Supported products

Developer Tools such as the Visual Studio IDE and Azure DevOps Server receive both mainstream and extended support through Visual Studio subscriptions.

Nondeveloper products (such as SQL, Windows, SharePoint) downloaded from Visual Studio subscriptions are eligible only for mainstream support. These products are only licensed for development environments to design, develop, test, or demonstrate applications. These products aren't licensed for production environments.

Product level descriptions: Expand Unavailable support plans. If you see Support plan cannot be used for support on the specified product (Code: 8), your support contract can't be used for the product version you selected.


The support incidents provided are for break-fix support. They may not be used for assistance with coding/development issues involving the following products:

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft Graph
  • Microsoft Outlook

How to activate the benefit


The following steps apply to activation of the benefit in English only. For other languages, visit, scroll to the bottom, and select Account, Subscription and Billing Support and then select your country/region from the drop-down list.

  1. Go to, scroll down to the Support section and on the Technical Support tile select Chat to activate.

    Technical Support Benefit Tile

  2. You join a chat session with a representative who can create your Contract ID and Access ID and provide those numbers to you via email so you have them for your records.

  3. To complete the process, you need to provide the representative with:

    • Your country/region
    • Company name
    • Your full name
    • The email address you use to sign in to your subscription
    • The Subscription ID, which can be found on the Subscriptions tab.

    Technical Support Benefit Find Subscription ID

  4. After the process is completed, you receive an email containing your Contract ID and Access ID you use when creating a support incident. It also provides instructions for submitting support incidents using your new Access ID and Contract ID.

How to submit an incident using your benefit

To submit a support request using the benefit, you must first activate it. Follow the steps in the previous section to complete the activation.

When you have your Contract ID and Access ID set up, you can use it to submit a Tech Support incident.

You can submit incidents online, over the phone, or from the Azure portal.

Submit an incident online

To submit an incident via the Support for business portal, follow these steps:


You may receive a notice that you need to confirm your email address. Select the Send email link in the notice to send the confirmation to the email address listed in your profile.

  1. Sign in to

  2. In the Step 1 section, select the appropriate entries from the drop-down lists to indicate your product, version, issue, etc. Complete the text fields for the summary of the issue and to describe the issue in more detail. Then select Next.

    Create a new support request

  3. In the Step 2 section, supply your location and time zone.

  4. Select Add contract.

  5. Enter the Access ID and Contract ID you received in your confirmation email when you activated your support benefit. Select Add.

    Add a Contract ID

  6. Your new support contract appears in the Step 2. Select it.

  7. Indicate the severity of your issue. "Important" is the default.

  8. Choose when you would like to receive support. "Only during business hours" is selected by default. The option for "24/7 support" is only available if you selected "Critical" as the severity.

  9. Select Next to continue.

  10. For Step 3, provide the contact information you would like your support agent to use to contact you.

    Verify your contact information

  11. In Step 4, you can share this support request information with others on your team. Enter the email addresses of the people with whom you would like to share the request. Select Next to move to the next step.

  12. Step 5 summarizes all of the information you've provided for the incident. If you're satisfied that everything is correct and you're ready to proceed, select Submit.

Submit an incident by phone

If you would like to create a support incident over the phone, locate the Customer Service phone number for your country/region. Ensure you have your Contract ID and Access ID available when you call.

Submit an incident in the Azure portal

To use your Visual Studio subscription technical support benefit for issues relating to Azure, you need to link your Contract ID and Access ID to your Azure subscription.

  1. Visit and sign in
  2. From the left-hand navigation, select Help + Support
  3. Under “Support”, select New Support Request


Subscription Level Channels Benefit Renewable?
Visual Studio Enterprise (Standard) VL, Azure, Retail, selected NFR1 4 incidents Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise subscription with GitHub Enterprise VL 4 incidents Yes
Visual Studio Professional (Standard) VL, Azure, Retail, selected NFR2 2 incidents Yes
Visual Studio Professional subscription with GitHub Enterprise VL 2 incidents Yes
Visual Studio Test Professional (Standard) VL, Retail 2 incidents Yes
MSDN Platforms (Standard) VL, Retail 2 incidents Yes
Visual Studio Enterprise, Visual Studio Professional (monthly cloud) Azure Not available NA

1 Includes: Imagine Premium, BizSpark. Excludes: Not for Resale (NFR), Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP), Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), FTE, MCT Software & Services Developer, Imagine Standard, Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Regional Director (RD), MCT Software & Services. Excludes: NFR Basic

2 Includes: Imagine Standard.

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Support resources

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See also

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