Oracle Support (MOS) Service Request best practices

In case you want to engage Oracle Support in order to receive help in an issue resolution you have to submit a Service Request (SR) at My Oracle Support website (MOS). Below I share some best practices in this area collected from different training courses and my own experience.

Before creating Oracle MOS SR

When you have a question or issue, need help the solution may already be available on MOS or Internet.
So before creating an SR you can do a quick search in the MOS Knowledge Base and MOS Community Space, use OTN Forum or even Google it. I recommend however using MOS Community or Internet only if all below points apply:

  • If you have a low severity question or if you are interested in discovering how to do something
  • If you have been unable to locate an answer in the MOS Knowledge Base
  • When you have knowledge or experiences to share with your peers

If the issue is critical, do not wait! Submit the SR immediately while in parallel doing your own investigation (ideally having 2 resources for these 2 tasks). In this case even if you find a solution yourself, it will be anyway worth to validate it through MOS SR.

Creating a well-defined SR

1) Create an MOS SR using following methods:

  • Using a relevant System/Target that is managed in MOS via Oracle Configuration Manager (OCM): <Systems> Tab -> Right-Click on System or Target -> Create SR
  • Using “Create SR Like Selected SR” (best method in case a similar SR for the same target exists already)
  • Using “Create SR” button to create SR from scratch
Oracle MOS SR Create step

Oracle Support MOS SR Create Step

2) Provide all the necessary information that enables the SR to be correctly assigned to the engineer with the best skillset to resolve your issue.

Oracle Support MOS SR - Problem Step

Oracle Support MOS SR – Problem Step

SR Step – Problem

  • Problem Summary = Tittle of the SR (use as short SR explanation; try to be descriptive to distinguish it in the SR List later; include Error codes)
  • To speed up SR creation you can Autofill the Configuration/Software section using “SR Profile” or “Existing SR”.
  • Choose carefully [Problem type] to ensure the SR assigned to the most appropriate and qualified support engineer available which will minimize the potential number of SR transfers and decrease the resolution time.

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Oracle DBaaS in Private Database Cloud workshop

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Oracle NET Client Listener tnsnames

Oracle NET Client Server configuration

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