Find all these support options at www.microsoft.com/technet/support Microsoft offers a progressive series of support options starting with no-charge online support and developing through subscription, incident, and contract support.
1. No-Charge Online Support
Knowledge Base Search a vast database of articles to pinpoint the information you need.
Newsgroups Access over 20,000 active newsgroups on scores of topics.
Product Support Centers Get answers to frequently asked questions, plus how-to articles and step-by-step instructions organized by product.
DLL Help Database Search here to identify the software used to install a specific DLL version.
Events and Errors Message Center Resolve event and error messages fast with explanations, recommendations, and links to support and resources.
Support Webcasts Tune in to live technical presentations by Microsoft experts and take part in real-time Q&A.
Chats Chat online with Microsoft specialists or search the transcript archives.
User Group Program Access information and support for IT and other interest-specific user groups.
TechNet Security Resource Center Get ahead of security risks with resources that keep you current, including security newsletters and the Microsoft notification service.
2. Subscription-Based Support
Subscribe to TechNet for a personal library of articles, service packs, how-to’s, resource kits, tools, utilities, and more. Your subscription includes monthly updates delivered on CD or DVD, so you always have the latest information, straight from the source.
Upgrade to a TechNet Plus subscription and add all this:
1.Full-version evaluation software, including Microsoft Office System and Windows Server System™ products, without time restrictions.
2. Free support — two complimentary incidents, plus a discount on other support calls.
3. Unlimited, next-business-day access to reliable answers from the IT community and Microsoft Support Professionals through Managed Newsgroups (English only).
3. Assisted Incident Support
E-mail Support Get online incident help via e-mail from a Microsoft Support Professional.
Phone Support Get incident help over the phone from a Microsoft Support Professional.
Phone Support Contract Save with a discounted 5-Pack Phone Support contract.
Advisory Services Add remotely delivered consultation options from Microsoft Advisory Services for proactive support that goes far beyond routine product maintenance.
4. Contract-Based Support
Premier Support Get the flexibility to match support options to your organization and enjoy direct access to Microsoft technical experts at any time, day or night. Premier Support delivers customized options for businesses with complex needs, including dedicated technical professionals to oversee your support, 24x7 problem resolution, and training and workshops that keep your IT staff up to date.
Essential Support Essential Support offers prepackaged options specifically designed to meet the fundamental support requirements of any business, large or small. Includes account management, problem resolution, and information services.