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The Microsoft Systems Management Server allows you to trace the actions performed by the SMS services. When tracing is enabled, each service makes log entries for actions that it performs or errors that it receives in a log file. The log files are ASCII text and can be viewed with a text editor. However, SMS includes a Tracer utility that parses these log files and presents them in a clearer, more user-friendly manner than plain text viewing. Tracer also allows interactive viewing of the SMS log files as the services are writing to them.
There are currently two versions of this utility, TRACER.EXE and SMSTRACE.EXE
TRACER.EXE is a command line console-mode utility that reads changes made to a text file in real time. This file is located in the PSSTOOL\<arch> directory on the SMS 1.0 and 1.1 CD-ROM. For SMS 1.2 it is located in the SUPPORT\DEBUG\<arch> directory on the CD-ROM.
SMSTRACE.EXE is a graphical user interface (GUI) multiple document interface (MDI) version and is included in the SITE.SRV\<arch>.BIN directory.
Usage: tracer <path to one of the SMS log files>
SMSTRACE.EXE allows you to customize the display by selecting options such as columns, filtering, and ignore new lines. You can also Cut and Paste and Print from SMSTRACE. SMSTRACE.EXE also allows viewing of several log files simultaneously.
To install SMSTRACE as an icon in the SMS group:
The following is a list of the log files and the names of the component that writes to them:
For more information on tracing Systems Management Server services, please refer to the Systems Management Server 1.0 or 1.1 "System Guide," Appendix J. If you are running Systems Management Server 1.2, please refer to the Systems Management Server 1.2 Resource Kit.
SMS Alerter ALERTER.LOG Applications Manager APPMAN.LOG Bootstrap BOOT.LOG (in SMS root directory of Secondary Site Servers) Client Configuration Manager CLICFG.LOG Inventory Dataloader DATALODR.LOG Despooler DESPOOL.LOG Site Hierarchy Manager HMAN.LOG Inventory Agent INVAGENT.LOG Inventory Processor INVPROC.LOG LAN Sender LANSEND.LOG RAS Sender RASSEND.LOG RAS Sender (asynchronous) RASSYNC.LOG RAS Sender (ISDN) RASISDN.LOG RAS Sender (X.25) RASX25.LOG SNA Sender SNASEND.LOG SNA Sender (Batch) SNABATCH.LOG SNA Sender (Interactive) SNAINTER.LOG SNA Receiver SNARECV.LOG Maintenance Manager MAINTMAN.LOG Package Command Manager PACMAN.LOG SMS Scheduler SCHED.LOG Site Configuration Manager SCMAN.LOG (in root directory of SMS drive) Site Reporter SITEREP.LOG SMS Executive SMSEXEC.LOG SNMPTrap Filter TRAPFLTR.LOG SMS Administrator UI.LOG
Article ID: 125452 - Last Review: October 27, 2006 - Revision: 2.2