How Can I Increase The Size Of The Smsts.log File?

How Can I Increase The Size Of The Smsts.log File?

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To troubleshoot SCCM Task Sequences we use the smsts.log located on the SCCM client.  Unlike other SCCM components, the size of the smsts.lg is not configurable in the registry.

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Keep in mind that Task Sequences can run even before we get the SCCM client on a computer, so the above registry key might not exist.  The SMS Task Sequencer log file is by default 1 MB in size.  Sometimes that is not enough to troubleshoot task sequences.  To increase the size of the smsts.log we need to create a smsts.ini file and put it in the Windows directory.  The smsts.ini file should loook something like:

[Logging]

LogMaxSize=5000000

LogMaxHistory=1

The above example makes the smsts.log 5 MB in size and we will keep one 5 MB history file.  If you are booting up from media or PXE, you need to edit you boot image such that the smsts.ini file is in the Windows directory.

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  • Now here’s a VERY handy tip from Carlos’ blog : “ To troubleshoot SCCM Task Sequences we use the smsts

  • This does not seem to be working for me.  I have created a smsts.ini file and injected it into my WinPE image in the Windows folder.  Is there anything else special about this file?  I have verified that the file is there, but the Task Sequence variables for _SMSTSLogMaxSize and _SMSTSLogMaxHistory remain at the default values.

  • Has anyone got this to work? I tested it and my log file continues to only grow to a max of 256KB.  I made sure I was using the modified boot image and still cannot get my log file to go any bigger.  Any advice will be most helpful as right now I am only able to capture less than 5 minutes of my task sequence.  Thanks.

  • This link provides a bit more detail about smsts.ini

    blogs.technet.com/.../how-to-change-logging-options-for-smsts-log-in-system-center-configuration-manager-2007.aspx

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