Paloalto TAC support

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L1 Bithead

Paloalto TAC support

Anyone here using Paloalto products happy with TAC support?

 

I do not use TAC often but it seems like there are not enough TAC engineers to provide support to customers.  For example, every time I call into PAN phone support, the average wait time is 25 minutes.  As for a specific example,

I called into Paloalto TAC support this morning, and I've been on hold for over 1 hour and 45 minutes without actually talking to anyone from PAN. 

 

anyone here experiencing similar?

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Cyber Elite

I think there are multiple things going on which would be leading to a longer hold time.  First is probably COVID, I really don't know of a single company that hasn't seen an impact, and I would guess Palo has gotten even busier during the pandemic.

 

I'm also not sure of your support agreement level, but it's possible for your support level all other engineers were tied up with higher priority cases.

 

One thing you could also try in the interim is look through the LiveCommunity here and see if potentially there's a solve that you could find without needing a support case.

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L1 Bithead

I have premium level support.  Waiting on the phone for that long is not a good thing, regardless of Covid-19.

 

My situation is unique and I couldn't find a solution in the forum. 

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Cyber Elite


@dtran wrote:

I have premium level support.  Waiting on the phone for that long is not a good thing, regardless of Covid-19.

 

My situation is unique and I couldn't find a solution in the forum. 


I wasn't trying to suggest an elongated wait time is ever appropriate, I was just trying to offer an outside perspective of why that situation could occur.

 

I've been told that Palo's had huge growth and I think they're trying best they can to staff appropriately.  That said I've had situations where I've also ran into a wait time that was longer than I would have expected.

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L1 Bithead

I gave up this morning after waiting for two hours.  I called back 40 minutes ago to check on an RMA and am still waiting for an actual human being.

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Community Team Member

@dtran 

I am sorry to hear that you have had to wait for such long times to get anyone on the phone that could help.

I will assume that you have tried to provide web or email updates, but not heard anything back that way either?

 

Our TAC support is taken seriously, and when this happens to anyone, we want to help the best way possible. 

I will talk with the TAC Management about this and see what we can do to assist you.

Stay Secure,
Joe
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L3 Networker

@dtran 

 

Yes, this has been going on for months (pre-covid).  Every time I have to call, wait times are over 1 hour and engineers too many times have been sub-par 

 

I have premium support, so my support level is not the issue

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Cyber Elite

If you haven't already, I really do recommend opening a ticket prior to calling into TAC on the support portal. The ticket queue is one in the same, and you aren't going to get a call back any sooner by calling in instead of opening a support ticket and categorizing it properly in my experience. 

One of the biggest issues that TAC is running into at the moment is simply call volume, and sadly a lot of those calls are extremely low level configuration assistance by fellow PAN customers. Things that really should be researched before deployment and have countless KB articles and community posts describing the process and the steps that need to be taken are ending up as a TAC ticket which requires an engineer to do a lot of hand holding. A lot of people are being asked to do new things with everyone making changes to support remote work or spinning up cloud resources to replace shuttered offices, and that means a whole bucket load of configuration support tickets. 

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L1 Bithead

Had a failed HD on the Paloalto this morning.  Opened a ticket via the web portal at 10:30am... Got some responses back from TAC support but as of 2:39pm ET, over 4 hours, haven't gotten confirmation from TAC support that the HD replacement has been sent.  Therefore, we can't schedule anything with our on-site support for replacement of the failed HD.

 

Meanwhile, my colleague has been on hold by PAN support over over an hour now, with premium support.

 

I am not impressed with TAC support from PAN so far.  It is what it is I guess.

 

 

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L0 Member

What is happening with your support lines? Are they broken? A high severity waiting in queue for almost 4 hours waiting in the call?  Its a huge concern if I were to recommend a product to a client 

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