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Log Files for Software Updates

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

The log files in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 provide detailed information about the associated components and can be helpful when verifying functionality or when you troubleshoot issues. The log files can be found on the site server, the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server, and in two locations on the client computers.

Site Server Log Files

The Configuration Manager 2007 site server log files are found, by default, in <InstallationPath>\Logs. The following table provides the log file names and descriptions.

 

File Name Description

ciamgr.log

Provides information about the addition, deletion, and modification of software update configuration items.

distmgr.log

Provides information about the replication of software update deployment packages.

objreplmgr.log

Provides information about the replication of software updates notification files from a parent to child sites.

PatchDownloader.log

Provides information about the process for downloading software updates from the update source specified in the software updates metadata to the download destination on the site server.

noteNote
On 64-bit operating systems and on 32-bit operating systems without Configuration Manager 2007 installed, PatchDownloader.log is created in the server logs directory. On 32-bit operating systems, if the Configuration Manager 2007 client is installed, and on the synchronization host computer for the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates, PatchDownloader.log is created in the client logs directory.

replmgr.log

Provides information about the process for replicating files between sites.

smsdbmon.log

Provides information about when software update configuration items are inserted, updated, or deleted from the site server database and creates notification files for software updates components.

SUPSetup

Provides information about the software update point installation. When the software update point installation completes, Installation was successful is written to this log file.

WCM.log

Provides information about the software update point configuration and connecting to the WSUS server for subscribed update categories, classifications, and languages.

WSUSCtrl.log

Provides information about the configuration, database connectivity, and health of the WSUS server for the site.

wsyncmgr.log

Provides information about the software updates synchronization process.

WSUS Server Log Files

The log files for WSUS running on the software update point are found, by default, in %ProgramFiles%\Update Services\LogFiles. The following table provides the log file names and descriptions.

 

File Name Description

Change.log

Provides information about the WSUS server database information that has changed.

SoftwareDistribution.log

Provides information about the software updates that are synchronized from the configured update source to the WSUS server database.

Client Computer Log Files

The Configuration Manager 2007 client computer log files are found, by default, in %windir%\CCM\Logs. For client computers that are also management points, the log files are found in %ProgramFiles%\SMS_CCM\Logs. The following table provides the log file names and descriptions.

 

File Name Description

CAS.log

Provides information about the process of downloading software updates to the local cache and cache management.

CIAgent.log

Provides information about processing configuration items, including software updates.

LocationServices.log

Provides information about the location of the WSUS server when a scan is initiated on the client.

PatchDownloader.log

Provides information about the process for downloading software updates from the update source to the download destination on the site server.

noteNote
On 64-bit operating systems and on 32-bit operating systems without Configuration Manager 2007 installed, PatchDownloader.log is created in the server logs directory. On 32-bit operating systems, if the Configuration Manager 2007 client is installed, and on the synchronization host computer for the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates, PatchDownloader.log is created in the client logs directory.

PolicyAgent.log

Provides information about the process for downloading, compiling, and deleting policies on client computers.

PolicyEvaluator

Provides information about the process for evaluating policies on client computers, including policies from software updates.

RebootCoordinator.log

Provides information about the process for coordinating system restarts on client computers after software update installations.

ScanAgent.log

Provides information about the scan requests for software updates, what tool is requested for the scan, the WSUS location, and so on.

ScanWrapper

Provides information about the prerequisite checks and the scan process initialization for the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates on Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 clients.

SdmAgent.log

Provides information about the process for verifying and decompressing packages that contain configuration item information for software updates.

ServiceWindowManager.log

Provides information about the process for evaluating configured maintenance windows.

smscliUI.log

Provides information about the Configuration Manager Control Panel user interactions, such as initiating an Software Updates Scan Cycle from the Configuration Manager Properties dialog box, opening the Program Download Monitor, and so on.

SmsWusHandler

Provides information about the scan process for the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates on SMS 2003 client computers.

StateMessage.log

Provides information about when software updates state messages are created and sent to the management point.

UpdatesDeployment.log

Provides information about the deployment on the client, including software update activation, evaluation, and enforcement. Verbose logging shows additional information about the interaction with the client user interface.

UpdatesHandler.log

Provides information about software update compliance scanning, and the download and installation of software updates on the client.

UpdatesStore.log

Provides information about the compliance status for the software updates that were assessed during the compliance scan cycle.

WUAHandler.log

Provides information about when the Windows Update Agent on the client searches for software updates.

WUSSyncXML.log

Provides information about the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates synchronization process.

This log is only on the client computer configured as the synchronization host for the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates.

Windows Update Agent Log File

The Windows Update Agent log file is found on the Configuration Manager Client computer, by default, in %windir%. The following table provides the log file name and description.

 

File Name Description

WindowsUpdate.log

Provides information about when the Windows Update Agent connects to the WSUS server and retrieves the software updates for compliance assessment and whether there are updates to the agent components.

See Also

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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