Endpoint Services, MECM, Useful MECM logs for troubleshooting


Follow this guide for a summary of relevant MECM log files.


Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM)

Intended Audience

University of Illinois IT Pros leveraging MECM, hosted by Technology Services' Endpoint Services team

General Information

Use Support Center for client troubleshooting, real-time log viewing, or capturing the state of an MECM client computer for later analysis.  This application is available in MECM as 'Configuration Manager Support Center - Latest'.

Microsoft's documentation at https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/core/plan-design/hierarchy/log-files has useful information on relevant log files.  This article also refers to information originally from https://www.ronnipedersen.com/2014/08/12/sccm-2012-r2-smsts-log-located/:

  • Task Sequences - smsts.log is the log for troubleshooting task sequence issues, and Endpoint Services will ask for the log if a ticket is submitted. The location of the log depends on where the task sequence fails:

    • Windows PE
      (Before the hard disk is formatted) x:\windows\temp\smstslog\smsts.log

    • Windows PE
      (After the hard disk is formatted) x:\smstslog\smsts.log and copied to c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log

    • Windows Operating System
      (Before the MECM client is installed) c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log

    • Windows Operating System
      (After the MECM client is installed) c:\windows\ccm\logs\Smstslog\smsts.log

    • Windows Operating System
      (When the Task Sequence is complete) c:\windows\ccm\logs\smsts.log

  • Application Deployment

    • AppDiscovery.log in c:\windows\ccm\logs\AppDiscovery.log checks to see whether applications that should be installed on the system are installed

    • AppEnforce.log in c:\windows\ccm\logs\AppEnforce.log documents the deployment action once it has been initiated

    • AppIntentEval.log in c:\windows\ccm\logs\AppIntentEval.log works with the above logs to determine the behavior of a deployment

Troubleshooting and logs for other areas (device collection, user collection, group policy, software packaging, imaging, etc.)

Log file locations depend on the MECM component generating the log, please refer to the following guide: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/core/plan-design/hierarchy/log-files.

The log files can be opened with Support Center (OneTrace) or CMTrace, log file analysis tools which will help find potential errors and look up obscure error codes.  Support Center is available in MECM as 'Configuration Manager Support Center - Latest'.  CMTrace is automatically installed along with the Configuration Manager client, located at %WinDir%\CCM\CMTrace.exe.

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Keywordssccm logs diagnostics troubleshooting EPS SCCM TechS-EPS-SCCM "Support Center" cmtrace MECM   Doc ID78300
OwnerEPS Distribution List .GroupUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
Created2017-11-16 15:34 CDTUpdated2023-08-02 12:45 CDT
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