Trace Logs


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Orchestrator, System Center 2012 - Orchestrator, System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator

Orchestrator can create trace log messages on the management server to help you identify problems in the environment. By default, trace log messages are only written when there is an exception in the Orchestrator Management Service, but you can increase this level of logging by modifying a registry setting. Trace log files are available in directories for each Orchestrator feature under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft System Center 2012\Orchestrator. You can change these log locations by changing the registry values for the different features.

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The C:\ProgramData directory is often a hidden system folder.

Trace log settings are configured with registry values under the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\SystemCenter2012\Orchestrator\TraceLogger. Each of the Orchestrator services has a set of registry values as shown in the following table.

FeatureRegistry key
Audit Trail toolAtlc.exe
Data Store Configuration UtilityDBSetup.exe
Management ServiceManagementService.exe
Permissions Configuration toolPermissionsConfig.exe
Runbooks and activitiesPolicyModule.exe
Runbook DesignerRunbookDesigner.exe
Runbook Server MonitorRunbookServerMonitorService.exe
Runbook ServiceRunbookService.exe
Runbook TesterRunbook Tester.exe

The following table shows the values that are under each key. Modify these values as appropriate to change the logging details for that feature.

Registry value nameDefault valueDescription
LogFolderC:\ProgramData\Microsoft System Center 2012\Orchestrator\ManagementService.exe\LogsLocation where trace logs are stored.
LogLevel1Level of detail of information that is logged. Possible values are in the table below.
LogPrefixManagementService.exePrefix of the log file name. This prefix is followed by the date and time when the log file is created.
NewLogEvery3600Number of seconds until a new log file is created.

The following table provides the possible values that you can use for the log level.

Log levelDescription
1Exception detail only. This is the default setting.
3Exception detail with warnings and errors.
7Full logging.

Orchestrator Logs