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Key Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Log Files

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ashish Sukhija and Rituraj Choudhary from Commercial Technical Support]

In SBS Essentials the location of the log files is under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs. From a support perspective this can be very handy as you will always know where the log file will be located. We have compiled a list of important logs and their associated wizards below. Please note that there are a few wizards which refer to one or more logs. C:\ProgramData is hidden by default. Please use Folder Options in Windows Explorer to unhide it.

Log files on the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Server:

image Alert viewer ProviderRegistryService.2.log
image Server Settings ProviderRegistryService.2.log


Set up Server Backup


Set up Remote Web Access

Dashboard.log, SharedServiceHost-DomainManagerServiceConfig.log

Set options for sharing Dashboard.log
Set up alert email notification Dashboard.log
Set up Microsoft Office 365 Integration  
Add a user account Dashboard.log
Add a shared folder Dashboard.log


Deactivate User Account/ Activate User Account SharedServiceHost-O365ProviderServiceConfig.log, SharedServiceHost-O365ProviderServiceConfig.#.log and Dashboard.log
Assign Office 365 account SharedServiceHost-O365ProviderServiceConfig.log, SharedServiceHost-O365ProviderServiceConfig.2.log and Dashboard.log
Unassign Office 365 account SharedServiceHost-O365ProviderServiceConfig.log, SharedServiceHost-O365ProviderServiceConfig.2.log and Dashboard.log
Add a user account Dashboard.log
Set the password policy Dashboard.log
Remove the user account Dashboard.log
Change the user account password Dashboard.log


View the server properties ProviderRegistryService.2.log
Restore files or folders for the server SharedServiceHost-AlertServiceConfig.2.log
Customize Backup of the server SharedServiceHost-SystemServiceConfig.2.log
View alerts for the server ProviderRegistryService.2.log
Additional client computer backup tasks ProviderRegistryService.2.log


Move a folder storageservice2.log, Dashboard.log
Add a folder storageservice2.log, Dashboard.log
View the folder properties storageservice2.log, Dashboard.log


Change the Office 365 administrator account OIMGettingStartedWizard.log
Link a domain to Office 365 Dashboard.log
Uninstall Office 365 Integration Module OIMUninstallWizard.log

Other log files:

Remote Web Access browsing C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs\WebApps\RemoteAccess.log
My Home Server app on Windows 7 Phone C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs\WebApps\MobileData.log
Active Directory Domain Setup Log DCPromo_date_time.log

Few relevant log files on the Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Client:

The log files for the Vista and later clients are located in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs. The log files on Windows XP clients are present under C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Launchpad Launchpad.log
Backup BackupLaunchpad.log
Opening the Dashboard from the client DashboardClient.log
Presence of Essential Server and configures the local DNS services Launchpad.log
Windows Firewall Configuration for Remote Desktops on Clients RemoteDesktopClientConfig.log
Backup Launchpad BackupLaunchpad.log
Added Scheduled Tasks RunTask-AddScheduledTasks.log
Scheduled Backup Task RunTask-Backup.log
Customer Experience Improvement Program Run Task-SaveCEIPData.log
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Connector ComputerConnector.log
Client Setup ClientCore.msi.log, ClientDeploy.log

For non-Windows client computers, the following log files are referred:
1.    System.log
2.    Library/Logs/Windows Server.log
3.    Library/Logs/CrashReporter/LaunchPad-<nnn> (all of the LaunchPad-<nnn>.crash files)
4.    Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/LaunchPad-<nnn> (all of the LaunchPad-<nnn>.crash files)

Windows Server Solutions Log Collector Tool is an efficient way to collect all of the logs and can be downloaded here.

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