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Install the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Log Collector

Published: July 9, 2012

Updated: October 4, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials

The Windows Server 2012 Essentials Log Collector installation wizard installs the Log Collector as a Launchpad Add-in. You can install and use the Log Collector on network computers or the server, or both. After installation, the Log Collector will appear on the Dashboard.

To install the Log Collector
  1. Download the Log Collector installation package to any server or computer on the network.

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    You can download the Log Collector installation package from the Microsoft.

  2. Double-click the Log Collector icon.

  3. If you are running the installation from a network computer, enter your server administrator credentials when prompted.

  4. Choose to accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.

  5. To install the Log Collector only on the server, select the Only on the server check box. To install the Log Collector on all network computers, select the On the server and on all of the computers on the network check box.

  6. Click Install the Add-in.

Reinstalling the Log Collector

If it is necessary to reinstall the Log Collector, you must uninstall and reinstall the Log Collector on the server and the network computers on the network. By uninstalling the Log Collector on the server from the Dashboard, all network computers will automatically uninstall the Log Collector.

To uninstall and reinstall the Log Collector
  1. Open the Dashboard.

  2. Click the Add-in tab, select Log Collector from the list, and then click Uninstall.

  3. Download and install the Log Collector by performing the steps in the previous procedure, To install the Log Collector.

Manually install the Log Collector

If the installation wizard failed to install the Log Collector, you can install the Log Collector on a single computer using the following procedure.

To manually install the Log Collector
  1. Rename the extension of the downloaded installation file from “.wssx” to “.cab”.

  2. Double-click the installation file name.

  3. Click OK if you are prompted.

  4. Double-click the file name ending with ‘.msi’ and select a folder in which to extract it.

  5. Navigate to the folder with the extracted file and double-click the installation file to use the wizard to finish the installation.