Effective April 2nd, 2012 customers not enrolled in Microsoft Services Premier Support will be asked to engage with Microsoft through their partner of record for Advisory Services assistance. Please see the below definitions of Advisory Services vs. Support Incident.
Customers who do not have a partner of record are encouraged to utilize Microsoft PinPoint to identify a partner.
For Customers who prefer a direct relationship with Microsoft, please contact Microsoft Services Premier Support for more information.
Definition of Support Incident:
Support incidents can be used for problems with specific symptoms encountered while using Microsoft Dynamics products, where there is a reasonable expectation that the problems are caused by Microsoft products. Support incidents provide reactive support that focuses on a specific problem, error message, or functionality that is not working as intended. An incident is defined as a single support issue and the reasonable effort needed to resolve it. A single support issue is a problem that cannot be broken down into subordinate issues. If a problem consists of subordinate issues, each shall be considered a separate incident. Support incidents cannot be used for general advice and guidance.
You are responsible for implementing the procedures necessary to safeguard the integrity and security of your software and data and to reconstruct lost or altered files resulting from failures.
Definition of Advisory Service:
Advisory Services provide guidance beyond incident support needs. Typical advisory services cases focus on recommendations or best practices used to solve how-to scenarios that take advantage of Microsoft products and technologies. These can include guidance for migration, deployment, development, optimization, design and implementation, solutions, scenarios, and architecture.
For questions, please contact: MBSServo@Microsoft.com