Introduction

Reading log files is most likely the most important activity carried out by a MEMCM (SCCM) administrator as a day-to-day activity. There have been several MEMCM (SCCM), log viewers over the years, including Trace32, CMTrace, and OneTrace.

To do this efficiently, Microsoft has developed a series of log viewers capable of making the log files more readable, as a single block of text is hard for a human to interpret.

The log viewers all have the capability of filtering, error-lookup and highlighting.

I know that some people still prefer to use Notepad for reading log files. This does not include me :).

In this blog post, I describe the different log file viewers in MEMCM (SCCM) that we have had over the years and the ones that are coming:

Why should you use MEMCM (SCCM) log viewers?

Some benefits of using a log viewer, created for the purpose of reading log files from MEMCM (SCCM) include:

  • The formatting is easy to read, even if you are new to reading log files.
  • They dynamically update the logs as new information comes in.
  • They highlight errors and warnings.
  • They provide built-in error-lookup

Trace32

Before SCCM 2012, Microsoft provided a log viewer called Trace32.

It included Trace32 as part of the SCCM 2012 Toolkit.

CMTrace

sccm log viewer

Where can CMTrace be found on the client?

CMTrace is an updated version of Trace32.

Following SCCM 1806, CMTrace is in the following directory following the SCCM client installation:

%WinDir%\CCM\CMTrace.exe

CMTrace location on the MEMCM (SCCM) server

Below is the CMTrace location on the MEMCM (SCCM) server:

<MEMCM installation directory>\Tools

CMTrace location during Operating System Deployment (OSD)

If you have enabled F8 Support (which you only should in a lab), you can find CMTrace at x:\sms\bin\x64 or x:\sms\bin\i386.

Support Center OneTrace

What is Support Center OneTrace?

OneTrace

Microsoft has recently released OneTrace, which will replace CMTrace.

Starting with SCCM 1906, CMTrace is automatically installed together with the SCCM client.

There is a good walkthrough on Adaptiva about how to use Support Center OneTrace.

Conclusion

If you want to read log files in MEMCM (SCCM), use one of the log viewers provided by Microsoft above.

The main reason for this is that you will receive highlighting of errors and information and the log file is updated in real-time.

How do you read log files? Do you use CMTrace, OneTrace, or maybe Notepad? Please leave a comment below!

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1 COMMENT

  1. hi,

    how do you force the configuration manager support center to use OneTrace? when i open log groups, it still uses Log Viewer

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