Q. What is Amazon Web Services Support (AWS Support)?

AWS Support gives customers help on technical issues and additional guidance to operate their infrastructures in the cloud. Customers can choose a tier that meets their specific requirements, continuing the AWS tradition of providing the building blocks of success without bundling or long term commitments.

AWS Support is one-on-one, fast-response support from experienced technical support engineers. The service helps customers use AWS's products and features. With pay-by-the-month pricing and unlimited support cases, customers are freed from long-term commitments. Customers with operational issues or technical questions can contact a team of support engineers and receive predictable response times and personalized support.

Q: How are the enhanced AWS Support tiers different from Basic Support?

AWS Basic Support offers all AWS customers access to our Resource Center, Service Health Dashboard, Product FAQs, Discussion Forums, and Support for Health Checks – at no additional charge. Customers who desire a deeper level of support can subscribe to AWS Support at the Developer, Business, or Enterprise level.

Customers who choose AWS Support gain one-on-one, fast-response support from AWS engineers. The service helps customers use AWS's products and features. With pay-by-the-month pricing and unlimited support cases, customers are freed from long-term commitments. Customers with operational issues or technical questions can contact a team of support engineers and receive a predictable response times and personalized support.

Q: What types of issues are supported?

Your AWS Support covers development and production issues for AWS products and services, along with other key stack components.

  • "How to" questions about AWS service and features
  • Best practices to help you successfully integrate, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud
  • Troubleshooting API and AWS SDK issues
  • Troubleshooting operational or systemic problems with AWS resources
  • Issues with our Management console or other AWS tools
  • Problems detected by Health Checks
  • A number of 3rd Party Applications such as OS, web servers, email, databases, and storage configuration

AWS Support does not include:

  • Code development
  • Debugging custom software
  • Performing system administration tasks

Q: What level of architecture support is provided by Support?

The level of architecture support provided varies by support level. Higher service levels provided progressively more support for the customer use case and application specifics.

Developer: Building Blocks

Guidance on how to use all AWS products, features, and services together. Includes guidance on best practices and generalized architectural advice.

Business: Use Case Guidance

Guidance on what AWS products, features, and services to use to best support your specific use cases. Includes guidance on optimizing AWS products and configuration to meet your specific needs.

Enterprise: Application Architecture

Consultative partnership supporting specific use cases and applications. Includes design reviews and architectural guidance. Enterprise-level customers support team includes a dedicated Technical Account Manager, and access to an AWS Solutions Architect.

Q: I only use one or two services. Can I purchase support for just the one(s) I'm using?

No. Our support offering covers the entire AWS service portfolio. As many of our customers are using multiple infrastructure web services together within the same application, we’ve designed AWS Support with this in mind. We’ve found that the majority of support issues, among users of multiple services, relate to how multiple services are being used together. Our goal is to support your application as seamlessly as possible.

Q: How many support cases can I initiate with AWS Support?

As many as you need. Basic support plan customers are restricted to customer support and service limit increase cases.

Q: How many users can open technical support cases?

The Business and Enterprise support plans allow an unlimited number of users to open technical support cases (supported by AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)). The Developer support plan allows one user to open technical support cases. Customers with the Basic support plan cannot open technical support cases.

Q: How quickly will you get back to me?

Our first-contact response times are based on your chosen severity level for each case. We will use all reasonable efforts to provide responses within these time frames:

Severity Level Response Time Available For
Critical 15 minutes Enterprise
Urgent 1 hour

Business, Enterprise

High 4 hours

Business, Enterprise

Normal 12 hours

Developer, Business, Enterprise

Low 1 day

Developer, Business, Enterprise

Developer-level customers can expect a support professional to be available Monday through Friday 8am-6pm in the customer time zone. Business and Enterprise-level customers can expect support any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Q: How quickly will you fix my issue?

That depends on your issue. The problems that application or service developers encounter vary widely, making it difficult to predict issue resolution times. We can say, however, that we'll work closely with you to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.

Q: How do I contact you?

If you have a paid support plan, you can open a web support case from Support Center. If you have Business or Enterprise-level support, you can request that AWS contact you at any convenient phone number or start a conversation with one of our engineers via chat. 

You can also see your options for contacting support on the Contact Us page.

Support for Health Checks

Health Checks monitors the health and status of AWS Services and the status of these checks is displayed in the AWS Management Console. When a check does not pass, you can open a high-priority ticket with Technical Support for assistance. Support for Health Checks is currently available for EC2 and can be accessed on the instance "Status Check" tab. For more information, see Support for Health Checks.

Q: I'm not in the US. Can I sign up for AWS Support?

Yes, AWS Support is a global organization. Any AWS customer may sign up for and use AWS Support.

Q: Do you speak my language?

AWS Support is available in English and Japanese.

Q: How do I access Japanese Support?

To access Japanese Support, subscribers should select Japanese as their language preference from the dropdown at the top right of any AWS web page. Once your language preference is set to Japanese, all support inquiries will be sent to our Japanese support team.

Q: Who should use AWS Support?

We recommend all AWS customers use AWS Support to ensure a seamless experience leveraging AWS infrastructure services. We have created multiple tiers to fit your unique technical needs and budget.

Q: How do I offer support for my end customers' AWS-related issues?

If an issue is related to your AWS account, we'll be happy to help you. For problems with a resource provisioned under their own accounts, your customers will need to contact us directly. Due to security and privacy concerns we can only discuss specific details with the account holder of the resource in question. You many also inquire about becoming an AWS Partner, which offers different end-customer support options. For more information, see AWS Partner Network.

Q: I use an application someone else built on Amazon Web Services. Can I use AWS Support?

If the application uses resources provisioned under your AWS account, you can use AWS Support. First, we'll help you to determine whether the issue lies with an AWS resource or with the third-party application. Depending on that outcome, we'll either work to resolve your issue or let you know to contact the application developer for continued troubleshooting.

Q: How can I get started with AWS Support?

You can add AWS Support during the sign up process for any AWS product. Or simply select an AWS Support Plan.

Q: How much does AWS Support cost?

AWS Support offers differing levels of service for a variety of budgets. The Developer-level tier is fixed rate, and the Business and Enterprise-level tiers provide discounts as your AWS usage grows. See our pricing table for more details. With AWS Support, you have the flexibility to choose the support tiers that makes sense for you.

Q: Why does my AWS Support bill spike when I purchase EC2 and RDS Reserved Instances and ElasticCache Reserved Cache Nodes?

When you prepay for compute needs with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Reserved Instances, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) Reserved Instances, Amazon Redshift Reserved Instances, or Amazon ElastiCache Reserved Cache Nodes and are enrolled in a paid AWS Support plan, the one-time (upfront) charges for the prepaid resources are included in the calculation of your AWS Support charges in the month you purchase the resources. In addition, any hourly usage charges for reserved resources are included in the calculation of your AWS Support charges each month.

If you have existing reserved resources when you sign up for the Business or Enterprise support plan, the one-time (upfront) charges for the reserved resources, prorated over the term of the reservation, are included in the price calculation for the first month of AWS Support. For example, if you purchase a three-year reserved instance on January 1 and sign up for the Business support plan on October 1 of the same year, 75% of the upfront fee you paid in January is included in the calculation of support costs for October.

Q: How will I be charged and billed for my use of AWS Support?

On the first of each month (and upon signup) you'll be billed a minimum monthly service charge. If your usage-based charges exceed the minimum monthly service charge, you'll be billed for the difference at the end of the month. End of the month bills, being dated on the first of the following month, will thus reflect both the current month's usage-based charges as well as the following month's minimum monthly service charge.

Reserved resource customers (EC2 and RDS Reserved Instances and ElastiCache Reserved Cache Nodes) should expect their prepaid amounts to be included in the usage-based component during the month they are purchased.

Q: How do I cancel my AWS Support subscription?

To cancel a paid support plan, switch to the Basic support plan:

  1. Sign in to your AWS account with your root account credentials.
  2. Go to https://console.aws.amazon.com/support/plans/home.
  3. On the Support plans page, click the Change plan button.
  4. On the Change support plan page, select the Basic plan, and then click the Change plan button.

Q: Can I sign up for AWS Support, receive assistance, and then cancel the subscription? If so, will I be charged a pro-rated amount?

You are obligated to pay for a minimum of one month of support each time you register to receive the service. While you may see a pro-rated refund when you cancel the service, your account will be charged again at the end of the month to account for the minimum subscription fee. We reserve the right to refuse to provide AWS Support to any customer that frequently registers for and terminates the service.

Q: What is Infrastructure Event Management (IEM)?

AWS Infrastructure Event Management is a short term engagement with AWS Support, available as part of the Enterprise-level Support product offering, and available for additional purchase for Business-level Support subscribers. AWS Infrastructure Event Management will partner with your technical and project resources to gain a deep understanding of your use case and provide architectural and scaling guidance for an event. Common use case examples for AWS Event Management include advertising launches, new product launches, and infrastructure migrations to AWS.

Q: How does Chat support work?

Chat is just another way, in addition to phone or email, to gain access to Technical Support engineers. By clicking on the chat support icon in the Support Center, a chat session will be initiated through your browser. This provides a real-time, one-on-one interaction with our support engineers and allows additional information and links to be shared for faster issue resolution.

Offering support via chat is new for AWS, but not for Amazon.com. We have taken the same chat capabilities currently in use by retail customers and made it available for AWS technical support. Business and Enterprise-level customers can access chat capabilities within the Support Center. Support users can also launch a chat session from an individual case or the Contact Us section of the AWS web site.

Q: What are the best practices for fault tolerance?

Customers frequently ask us if there is anything they should be doing to prepare for a major event that could affect a single availability zone (AZ). Our response to this question is that customers should follow general best practices related to managing highly available deployments (e.g. having a backup strategy, distributing resources across zones). The following links provide a good starting point:

Q: How do I configure Identity and Access Management (IAM) for support?

For details on how you can configure your IAM users to allow/deny access to AWS Support resources, see Accessing AWS Support.

Q. How long is case history retained?

Case history information is available for 12 months after creation.

Q: What is Support for Health Checks?

Health Checks monitors the health and status of AWS Services and the status of these checks are displayed within the AWS Management Console. When a check does not pass, all customers will be given the option to open a high priority ticket with Technical Support for assistance. Services that currently included under Support for Health Checks include EC2 and EBS.

Q: Which AWS services provide access to support through Support for Health Checks?

Support for Health checks currently covers three health check scenarios that occur within the AWS Management Console - EC2 unreachable, EBS disabled i/o, and EBS stuck in attaching.

Q: How can I get support if an EC2 instance is unreachable?

If an EC2 instance remains in an unreachable state for more than 20 minutes, a button will appear that allows all AWS customers to open a case. Most of the details about your case will be auto-populated in the ticket, such as instance name, region, and customer information, but also allows customers to add additional context with a free form text description.

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Q: How can I get support if an EBS volume is stuck in attaching or has disabled i/o?

EBS volumes that have a health status of disabled i/o or are stuck in attaching will display a "Troubleshoot Now" button. The customer will be presented with a number of self-remediation options that could potentially fix the problem without the need to contact support. If after following all applicable steps the EBS volume is still failing the health check, click the "Contact Support" button to open a case.

Q: What is the response time for my Health Check support case?

Support cases opened through the console will be responded to as high priority cases.

Q: How do I check the status of my case after it has been opened?

After you submit a case the button will change from “Contact Support” to “View Case”. You can view your case status on any of the affected instances by clicking the “View Case” button and you will be taken to a ticket status page.

Q: Do I have to open a ticket for each instance that is unresponsive?

You can, but don’t need to. You can include additional context and instance names in the text description submitted with your initial case.

Q: Why must an EC2 instance be unreachable for 20 minutes and not just allow customers to open tickets immediately?

Most reachability issues are resolved by automated processes in less than 20 minutes and will not require any action on the part of the customer. If the instance is still unreachable after this timeframe has passed, then opening a case will bring the situation to the attention of our technical support team for assistance.

Q: Can any of my Identity and Access Management (IAM) users open a ticket?

Any user can create and manage a SHC case using their primary credentials. IAM users associated with accounts that subscribe to Business and Enterprise-level support can also create and manage a SHC case.

Q: What is AWS Trusted Advisor?

AWS Trusted Advisor is an application that draws upon best practices learned from AWS’ aggregated operational history of serving hundreds of thousands of AWS customers. Trusted Advisor inspects your AWS environment and makes recommendations for saving money, improving system performance, or closing security gaps.

Q: How do I access Trusted Advisor?

Trusted Advisor is available in the AWS Management Console. All AWS users have access to the data for four checks. Users with Business- or Enterprise-level Support can access all checks. You can access the Trusted Advisor console directly at https://console.aws.amazon.com/trustedadvisor/.

Q: What made you choose the current checks/recommendations over others?

Every check was vetted for accuracy, consistency, and usefulness to our customers. We gather data and research to ensure we are making the right recommendations based on best practices and historical values. We have identified many possible checks for future implementation, and we will continue to add them over time.

Q: Does Trusted Advisor monitor my usage? Can Amazon see what I’m doing with AWS?

Trusted Advisor respects your privacy just as all Amazon Web Services do. We will never have access to your data or the software running on your account without your consent.

Q: What does Trusted Advisor check?

Trusted Advisor includes an ever-expanding list of checks in the following four categories:

  • Cost Optimization – recommendations that can potentially save you money by highlighting unused resources and opportunities to reduce your bill.
  • Security – identification of security settings that could make your AWS solution less secure.
  • Fault Tolerance – recommendations that help increase the resiliency of your AWS solution by highlighting redundancy shortfalls, current service limits, and overutilized resources.
  • Performance – recommendations that can help to improve the speed and responsiveness of your applications.

For more information on Trusted Advisor and an up-to-date listing of checks, see Meet AWS Trusted Advisor.

Q: How does the Trusted Advisor notification feature work?

The Trusted Advisor notification feature helps you stay up-to-date with your AWS resource deployment. You will be notified by weekly email when you opt in for this service, and it is totally free.

  • What is in the notification? The notification email includes the summary of saving estimates and your check status, especially highlighting changes of check status.
  • How do I sign up for the notification? This is an opt-in service, so do make sure to set up the notification in your dashboard. You can choose which contacts receive notification on the Preferences pane of the Trusted Advisor console.
  • Who can get this notification? You can indicate up to 3 recipients for the weekly status updates and savings estimates.
  • What language will the notification be in? The notification is available in English and Japanese.
  • How often will I get notified, and when? Currently, you will receive a weekly notification email, typically on Thursday or Friday, and it will reflect your resource configuration over the past week (7 days). It is in our roadmap to provide an event-triggered mailer and more flexibility.
  • Can I unsubscribe from the notifications if I do not want to receive the email anymore? Yes. You can change the setting in your dashboard by clearing all the check boxes and then clicking Save Preferences. Also, help us make this feature more relevant and better for you by using the Feedback button on the dashboard.
  • How much does it cost? It is totally free. Get started today!

Q: How does the "Recent Changes" feature work?

Trusted Advisor tracks the recent changes to your resource status on the console dashboard. The most recent changes over the past 30 days appear at the top to bring them to your attention. The system will track seven updates per page, and you can go to different pages to view all recent changes by clicking the forward or the backward arrow displayed on the top-right corner of the "Recent Changes" area.

Q: How does the "Exclude Items" function work?

If you don’t want to be notified about the status of a particular resource, you can choose to exclude (suppress) the reporting for that resource. You would normally do this after you have inspected the results of a check and decide not to make any changes to the AWS resource or setting that Trusted Advisor is flagging.

To exclude items, check the box to the left of the resource items, and then click the Exclude button. Excluded items appear in a separate view. You can restore (include) them at any time by selecting the items in the excluded items list and then clicking the Include button.

The "Exclude Items" function is available only at the resource level, not at the check level. We recommend that you examine each resource alert before excluding it to make sure that you can still see the overall status of your deployment without overlooking a certain area. For an example, see AWS Trusted Advisor for Everyone in the AWS Blog.

Q: What is an "action link"?

Most items in a Trusted Advisor report have hyperlinks to the AWS Management Console, where you can take action on the Trusted Advisor recommendations. Action links are included for all services that support them.

For example, the Amazon EBS Snapshots check lists Amazon EBS volumes whose snapshots are missing or more than 7 days old. In each row of the report, the volume ID is a hyperlink to that volume in the Amazon EC2 console, where you can take action to create a snapshot with just a couple of clicks.

Q: How do I manage the access to the Trusted Advisor console? What is the IAM policy?

For the Trusted Advisor console, access is controlled by IAM policies that use the trustedadvisor namespace, and access options include viewing and refreshing individual checks or categories of checks. For more information, see Controlling Access to the Trusted Advisor Console.

Q: How do I access AWS Trusted Advisor via API?

You can retrieve and refresh Trusted Advisor results programmatically. For more information, see About the AWS Support API.

Q: How often can I refresh my Trusted Advisor result?

You can refresh a check 5 minutes after it was last refreshed. You can refresh individual checks or refresh all the checks at once by clicking the Refresh All button in the top-right corner of the summary dashboard.

When you visit the Trusted Advisor dashboard, any checks that have not been refreshed in the last 24 hours are automatically refreshed; this can take a few minutes. The date and time of the last refresh is displayed to the right of the check title.

Q: How do Trusted Advisor activities affect my Amazon CloudTrail logs?

Each customer action in Trusted Advisor triggers an API call that is documented in your Amazon CloudTrail logs. For example, when you refresh a Trusted Advisor check, you will see a call to the relevant resources with invokedBy and userAgent values of "support.amazonaws.com". This logging incurs minimal charges (a few cents per month).

Q: Which Trusted Advisor checks and features are available to all AWS customers?

These four Trusted Advisor checks are available to all customers at no cost: Service Limits (Performance category; details at Service Limits Check Questions) and Security Groups - Specific Ports Unrestricted, IAM Use, and MFA on Root Account (Security category). Customers can access the remaining checks by upgrading to Business or Enterprise-level Support.

You also have access to some Trusted Advisor features, including the weekly Trusted Advisor notification, the Action Links, the Exclude Items, and the Access Management features.

Q: What third-party software is supported?

AWS Support Business and Enterprise levels include Beta support for common operating systems and common application stack components. AWS Support engineers can assist with the setup, configuration, and troubleshooting of the following third-party platforms and applications:

Operating systems on EC2 instances:

  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora
  • SUSE Linux (SLES and openSUSE)
  • CentOS Linux
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 R2
  • Microsoft Windows 2008
  • Microsoft Windows 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows 2012

Infrastructure components:

  • Sendmail and Postfix MTAs
  • OpenVPN and RRAS
  • SSH, SFTP, and FTP
  • LVM and Software RAID

Web servers:

  • Apache
  • IIS
  • Nginx

Databases:

  • MySQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server

Q: What if you can’t resolve my third-party software issue?

In the case that we are not able to resolve your issue we will collaborate with, or refer you to, the appropriate vendor support for that product. In some cases you may need to have a support relationship with the vendor to receive support from them.

Q: What are some of the most common reasons a customer might require third-party software support?

AWS Support can assist with installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of third-party software on the supported list. For other more advanced topics such as performance tuning, troubleshooting of custom code or scripts, security questions, etc., it may be necessary to contact the third-party software provider directly. While AWS Support will make every effort to assist, any assistance beyond installation, configuration, and basic troubleshooting of supported third-party software will be on a best-effort basis only.

Q: How do I close my AWS Account?

Before closing your account, be sure to back up any applications and data that you need to retain. AWS may not be able to retrieve your account data after your account is closed. After completing your backup, visit your Account Settings page and click “Close Account.” This will close your AWS account and unsubscribe you from all AWS services. You will not be able to access AWS services or launch new resources when your account is closed.

If you manage multiple AWS accounts under the same company name that you would like to close, you can contact your account representative or open an account and billing support case for assistance. If you have additional questions or requirements associated with closing your AWS accounts, your account representative or AWS Customer Service can help.

Q: I received an error message when I tried to close my AWS account. What do I need to do?

If you receive an error message when trying to close your account, you can contact your account representative or open an account and billing support case for assistance.

Q: Will I be billed after I close my account?

Usage and billing stops accruing when your account is closed. You will be billed for any usage that has accrued up until the time you closed your account, and your final charges will be billed at the beginning of the following month.

Q. How do I securely control access to my AWS services and resources?

We recommend that you use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), which enables you to securely control access to AWS services and resources for your users. Using IAM, you can create and manage AWS users and groups and use permissions to allow and deny access to AWS resources. IAM enables security best practices by allowing you to grant unique security credentials to users and groups to specify which AWS service APIs and resources they can access.

IAM access can be revoked if a user leaves the company or project, helping to ensure that root credentials are not exposed or compromised. For security and team functionality, IAM users are essential to using the full potential of your AWS account. For more information on IAM and controlling access to your billing information, see AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Controlling Access to Your Billing Information.

Q. What is Consolidated Billing?

Consolidated Billing is a feature that allows you to consolidate payment for multiple Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounts in your organization by designating one of them to be the payer account. With Consolidated Billing, you can see a combined view of AWS charges incurred by all accounts, as well as get a detailed cost report for each individual AWS accounts associated with your payer account. Consolidated Billing is offered at no additional charge and allows for all accounts under the consolidated group to be treated as one account, which assists with achieving volume discounts more rapidly.

See Pay Bills for Multiple Accounts with Consolidated Billing in the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide.

Q. How can I use my AWS bill to evaluate costs?

AWS provides a number of different ways to explore your AWS monthly bill and to allocate costs by account, resource ID, or customer-defined tags.

To get a snapshot of your billing data, you can use the Billing and Cost Management console, the monthly cost allocation report, and the monthly billing report.

For a more detailed view, you can also use these resources:

Q. What are blended rates?

For billing purposes, AWS treats all the accounts in a Consolidated Billing family as if they're one account. Blended rates appear on your bill as an average price for variable usage across an account family. This allows you to take advantage of two features that are designed to ensure that you pay the lowest available price for AWS products and services:

  • Pricing tiers. Pricing tiers reward higher usage with lower unit prices for services.
  • Capacity reservations. Rates are discounted when you purchase some services in advance for a specific period of time. 

You can always see the precise account usage, along with the unblended rates, in the detailed billing reports.

For more information, see Understanding Blended Rates in the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide.

Q. Why don't I see the same figures in the Billing and Cost Management console as I see in the detailed billing report?

The Billing and Cost Management console and the detailed billing report provide different information based on blended and unblended rates. For more information, see Understanding Blended Rates or contact us through the AWS Support Center.

Q. How do I tell which accounts benefited from Reserved Instance pricing?

The Detailed Billing Report shows the linked accounts that benefited from a Reserved Instance on your consolidated bill. The costs of the Reserved Instances can be unblended to show how the discount was distributed. Reserved Instance utilization reports also show the total cost savings (including upfront Reserved Instance costs) across a consolidated bill.

Q. How are credits applied across a consolidated bill?

Promotional and service credits are shared across the entire consolidated bill. Credits are used first by the account that the credit was applied to; if additional credit remains, it is distributed based on the service usage on the other linked accounts. This means that the Billing and Cost Management console shows any linked accounts that have benefited from a credit that was applied to another linked account. Unlike credits, refunds (credit memos) are viewable only by the payer account.

For more information, see AWS Credits.

Q. How do I use the AWS Billing and Cost Management console?

The AWS Billing and Cost Management Console is a service that you use to pay your AWS bill, monitor costs, and visualize your AWS spend. There are many ways to use this tool for your account.

For more information, see What Is AWS Billing and Cost Management?

Q. How do I use Cost Explorer?

You can use Cost Explorer to visualize patterns in your spending on AWS resources over time. You can quickly identify areas that need further inquiry, and you can see trends that you can use to understand spend and to predict future costs.

For more information, see Manage Your Spend Data with Cost Explorer.

Q. How do I use the Amazon EC2 instance usage reports?

You can use the instance usage reports to view your instance usage and cost trends. You can see your usage data in either instance hours or cost. You can choose to see hourly, daily, and monthly aggregates of your usage data. You can filter or group the report by region, Availability Zone, instance type, AWS account, platform, tenancy, purchase option, or tag. After you configure a report, you can bookmark it so that it's easy to get back to later.

For more information, see Instance Usage Report.

Q. How do I use the Reserved Instance utilization report?

The Reserved Instance utilization report describes the utilization over time of each group (or bucket) of Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances that you own. Each bucket has a unique combination of region, Availability Zone, instance type, tenancy, offering type, and platform. You can specify the time range that the report covers, from a single day to weeks, months, a year, or three years.

For more information, see Reserved Instance Utilization Reports.

Q. How do I tell if my Reserved Instances are being used?

Three tools are available to determine Reserved Instance utilization:

  • Detailed billing report. This report shows hourly detail of all charges for an account or consolidated bill. Near the bottom of the report are line items that explain Reserved Instance utilization in an aggregated format (xxx hours purchased; xxx hours used). To configure your account for this report, see Getting Set Up for Usage Reports.
  • Reserved Instance utilization report. This report is accessible from the Billing and Cost Management console and shows a high-level overview of utilization. For more information, see Reserved Instance Utilization Reports.
  • Billing and Cost Management console. The Bills pane of the console shows Reserved Instance utilization in the highest level. For Heavy Utilization Reserved Instances, you can track your upfront spend on hourly usage and track the utilization by the associated line items for each reservation. This view provides the least detailed view of Reserved Instance utilization.

Q. Can I restrict a Reserved Instance benefit to a single account/instance?

Unfortunately, this is not supported. For billing purposes, Consolidated Billing treats all the accounts on the consolidated bill as one account. All accounts on a consolidated bill receive the hourly cost benefit of Reserved Instances purchased by any other account.

Q. How do I see how Reserved Instances are applied across my entire consolidated bill?

The detailed billing report shows the hourly detail of all charges on an account or consolidated bill. Near the bottom of the report, line items explain Reserved Instance utilization in an aggregated format (xxx hours purchased; xxx hours used). To configure your account for this report, see Getting Set Up for Usage Reports.

Q. How do I tell if and why a Reserved Instance is underutilized?

In addition to the three tools listed in How do I tell if my Reserved Instances are being used, AWS Trusted Advisor provides best practices (or checks) in four categories: Cost Optimization, Security, Fault Tolerance, and Performance. The Cost Optimization section includes a check for Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances Optimization. For more information about the Trusted Advisor check, see Reserved Instance Opimization Check Questions.

Q. Which accounts are charged sales tax and why?

Tax is normally calculated at the linked account level. Each account must add its own tax exemption.

For more information on US sales taxes and VAT taxes, see the following:

Q. How do I submit an urgent limit increase request?

Submit limit increase requests in the AWS Support Center. Click the Create case button, select the Service Limit Increase option, and then select an item from the Limit Type list.

We aim for a quick turnaround time with all limit increases. If your request is urgent, complete the details of the request and then select the Phone contact method for 24/7 service. Provide the agent with the support case ID, and we will follow up immediately with the relevant teams.

Q. How do we bill our end customers based on the detailed billing report?

AWS does not support the billing of reseller end customers because each reseller uses unique pricing and billing structures. We do recommend that resellers not use blended rates for billing—these figures are averages and are not meant to reflect actual billed rates. The detailed billing report can show unblended costs for each account on a consolidated bill, which is more helpful for the purpose of billing end customers.