Welcome to Helix Core by Perforce. This handbook is your guide to getting help for Helix Core products.
Helix Core Support’s mission is to help you reach your goals. From answering questions that arise while using Helix Core products, to troubleshooting, our support team will help you minimize your downtime and maximize your Helix Core experience.
NOTE: Nothing in this document supersedes your current contract with Perforce.
- Standard support during normal business hours
- Direct phone and email access with support offices in North America, Europe, and Australia
- Critical Care support for application outages
Helix Core Support provides the same level of support to all our customers, with no premium level of support.
We recommend using the Community Portal. This method provides us with the most background information that we will use to quickly handle your case and allows you to track the case progress.
The Community Portal best method to use for opening and tracking your support tickets.https://www.perforce.com/support/community-portal-faq
The Web Form is the best option to use when opening support tickets if you do not have a Community Portal account. Select Helix Core as the ‘Product Brand’ and fill in the relevant information in the fields provided and submit your case. You will immediately receive an email letting you know your request has reached our systems. You will hear back from Helix Core Technical Support as soon as they have reviewed your case. In most cases, you will hear back from someone within thirty minutes.
Helix Core support engineers are available as noted here: Helix Core Standard Support Hours.
Video session support can be requested by email ([email protected]), or telephone.
- A single video session may be scheduled for up to 60 minutes. If more time is required, an additional video session may be set up for a later time based on the Technical Support Engineer’s availability.
- The Technical Support Engineer cannot take over control of your system at any time
The Technical Support Engineer will request the following information for preliminary research prior to scheduling the video session:
- Summary of the problem
- Preferred date and time for the video session (including time zone)
- Severity (Low, Med, High, Critical)
- Product version and configurations
- Additional data may be requested such as error messages, logs, and journals
If you would like Perforce Technical Support to take control of your system, please see our Professional Services offerings.
If you are concerned about how your case is being handled or need to expedite a critical issue, please ask your Support Engineer to escalate the case, or contact your Account Executive.
The Helix Core Support team at Perforce is there for you when you have a specific problem or challenge to overcome. We work with you to identify the technical cause, which is the event responsible for the reported problem, and may provide a workaround, relevant documentation, or a resolution to restore affected Helix Core products to their operational state. Once resolved, to help prevent issues in the future, you may want to determine the root cause of why the problem occurred in the first place.
This type of project and analysis goes beyond Support and requires more in-depth exploration to attempt to discover the core reason for your issues. We call this Root Cause Analysis (RCA). This service includes a written report detailing the problem, root cause, corrective recommendations, and preventative actions determined from the RCA.
Although RCA is not a standard component of your Support plan, we offer convenient pre-paid RCAs as a supplement to your plan — and at a discount off our full-price hourly consulting rate. You can purchase these pre-paid RCAs together with your initial Helix Core Support contract or at renewal.
- We offer pre-paid packages for 1 and 5 RCAs.
For further details, please see Helix Core RCA brochure.
If you would like to purchase RCA pre-paid packages, please discuss with your account team.
On top of our Standard Support plan, you may optionally add our Helix Core Critical Care Support. This plan gives you access to the help you need – outside of normal business hours – for emergency or critical situations.
A “Critical Care Situation” is defined as a condition preventing an entire group from performing critical tasks using Helix Core.
Examples of Critical Care situations include:
- Helix Core fails following a server upgrade.
- Unable to access the Helix Core server.
- Assistance recovering Helix Core server data after a hardware failure or crash.
For enterprises that have our Standard Support plan, and need help upgrading their servers, we offer prearranged Weekend Upgrade Support. This just-in-case option is available for existing support customers.
You can contact Professional Services ([email protected]) or discuss with your Account Executive to set up specific weekend coverage.
Note: We will require two weeks' notice to complete the statement of work (SOW) and schedule coverage.
The Community Portal is the best method to use for opening, viewing, and tracking your support tickets.
Helix Core Support aims to correct an Issue in accordance with Target Resolution Times set forth below and shall provide the Authorized Technical Contact with updates on the progress of the resolution (“Updates”) in accordance with the times set forth in the Updates column in the table below.
|Severity||Response Time||Target Resolution Time||Updates|
|1 - Blocker|
Complete System Outage
|1 hour||8 hours||Periodically, as appropriate, or as requested|
|2 - Critical|
Server operations severely limited
|1 hour||24 hours||Periodically, as appropriate, or as requested|
|3 - Major|
System operations reduced
|< 4 hours||2 business days||Daily or as requested|
|4 - Minor|
System operations not impacted, Informational
|< 1 business day||< 10 business days||Daily or as requested|
In each case, appropriate bug reports will be logged where necessary.
Blocker - Complete System Outage
- The Helix Core server is not operational and end users cannot access the Helix Core server, or the functionality is significantly decreased, or back up or other security of data can no longer be performed.
- All or a clear majority of users are not able to access the system, to reasonably perform their normal functions.
- Helix Core server is down or a major performance issue resulting in the Helix Core being unresponsive with no workaround immediately available.
- Denial of access to where the Helix Core server resides.
- Hardware failure or crash on the server where Helix Core server resides.
Critical - Significant Impact/Server Operations Severely Limited
- While the Helix Core server is operational, (i) functional limitations or restrictions have materially impacted Helix Core server operations, (ii) non-essential functions were disabled in production, or (iii) essential non-production functions were disabled.
- Critical loss of application functionality or performance, resulting in most users being unable to perform their normal functions.
- The Helix Core server is not working system-wide and impacts an entire team (edge server)
- Helix Core is available, but performance is hindering the usability of the Helix Core server for required business processes.
- A substantial number of users are not able to use the Helix Core server for their normal operations or functions.
Major - Major Non-Critical Impact/System Operations Reduced
- Helix Core server is operational with functional limitations or restrictions that are not critical to the overall operation of the Helix Core server
- Moderate loss of functionality or performance, resulting in multiple users impacted for their normal operations or functions.
- Component/feature failure.
- The system is accessible, but there are some functional limitations that are not critical in the daily operation.
- Some components are not functioning as expected.
- Some processes are working as expected but others are timing out or not completing within the expected timeframe.
- A specific user configuration is not working, but alternative solutions work.
- A workaround exists, but it is only temporary.
Minor - Minor Impact/System Operations Not Impacted
- Helix Core server is operational with problems or errors that have little impact on the operation of the Helix Core server
- Problems or questions that do not affect product functionality including how-to questions, documentation, and general questions regarding application commands and usage.
- Issues with Helix Core components.
- How-To questions.
- General questions about Helix Core products.
- Feature requests.
- Documentation requests.
- Issues isolated to one or only a few users.
Helix Core licenses are issued by our licensing team. Contact your Account Executive for new licenses; the support team can help direct your request to the relevant people, and some minor adjustments can be requested by completing the relevant form.
To purchase new licenses, please see: https://www.perforce.com/how-buy
The Helix Core support team will assist with questions on any released version.
Maintenance support is available only for those releases under maintenance, as noted here: https://www.perforce.com/maintenance-support
We provide standard and advanced User and Administration training courses, and a ‘Battle School’ for a troubleshooting overview. These can be online or classroom-based (where possible).
The Helix Core support team can put you in contact with your Account Executive to discuss your training needs, and the possibility of a private course tailored to your requirements.
Our Self-Service Resources include official documentation, video tutorials, knowledgebase, and product release notes.
These resources are updated regularly and should be your first stop for problem solving and how-to questions. Checking these resources before opening a new case may result in a faster resolution of your issue. Feel free to ask a support engineer about anything you find in these self-help materials.
In addition, you may sign up for Perforce University to continue your Perforce product education.
Sometimes your problem will be traced to issues with software that is not under the control of Helix Core (e.g., third-party software and networking.) The support team will guide you as far as they can and can put you in contact with the Account Executive or Sales Team to discuss further options, including engaging our Professional Services team.