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Enable Logging for Software Installation Client Side Extension

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Software installation can provide a detailed log that you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy issues.

When To Enable Software Installation Logging

Software Installation CSE logging, by default, is set to only log errors. To avoid using unnecessary disk space, you should leave software installation logging at the default setting. You can enable software installation logging to gather verbose troubleshooting information when investigating software installation errors on a client computer.

Enabling Verbose Folder Redirection Logging

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This section contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, see Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry on the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=35500).

To enable software installation logging on the client computer
  1. Log on to the administration computer as the administrator.

  2. Click Start, Run, and then run Regedit to add the following registry value (or modify it, if the value already exists):

    Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics

  3. Enter the following:

    Value: AppmgmtDebugLevel

    Value Type: REG_DWORD

    Value Data: 9B (Hexadecimal)

FdeployDebugLevel can have the following values:

  • NORMAL 0x00000000

  • VERBOSE 0x0000009B

The default value is NORMAL (0x00000000).

The log file can be found at: %Systemroot%\debug\usermode\appmgmt.log.

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