Introduction

I would say that the main difference between an experienced Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (SCCM) engineer and a junior one, is the knowledge about which log files to look in when troubleshooting errors.

In this blog post, I will talk about where to find the log files for Distribution Point related issues in Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (SCCM).

What is a Distribution Point (DP) in SCCM?

The Distribution Point, or DP, is the site server role responsible for the distribution of content to the clients within the site.

Some short information about Distribution Points:

  • Each Primary and Secondary Site in Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (SCCM) supports up to 250 Distribution Points.
  • If enabled, PXE support is included in the Distribution Point role
  • Which Distribution Point, a client will select, depends on its Boundary Group membership

Where are the log files in SCCM?

The log files are for SCCM are located in different locations, depending on if they are client- or server related.

Server-related log files

  • Site Server: <installation directory>\Logs
  • Management Point: C:\SMS_CCM\Logs
  • SCCM Console: <installation directory>\AdminConsole\AdminUILog
  • IIS: C:\inetpub\logs\logfiles\w3sv1

Client related log files

  • SCCM Client: C:\Windows\CCM\logs

Operating System Deployment

Windows PE
  • Before Format and Partition disk: X:\Windows\temp\smstslog\smsts.log
  • After Format and Partition disk: X:\smstslog\smts.log, and later C:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\smstslog\smsts.log
Windows OS
  • Before the client is installed: C:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\smstslog\smsts.log
  • After the task sequence is finalized: C:\Windows\CCM\Logs\smsts.log

Which log files should I look in to for Distribution Point errors?

The log files that are related to the Distribution Point and distribution-related errors are:

Server-side

  • CloudDP-<guid>.log – Review the the details of a cloud-based DP.
  • DataTransferService.log – Review data that is being transferred via BITS. Mainly used when troubleshooting pull distribution points.
  • Distmgr.log – Review content distribution progress.
  • PkgXferMgr.log – Monitor the distribution from a primary site to a remote DP.
  • SMSdpmon.log – Monitor the health of a DP.
  • smsdpprov.log – Review the extraction process of the compressed files that have been sent from a primary site.
  • smsdpusage.log – Review details for the usage summary report for the distribution point.
  • smspxe.log – Review the details of the PXE boot-up process.

Client-side

  • LocationServices.log – See which DP the client is using.

Conclusion

One of the main differences between an experienced, and non-experienced SCCM administrator, is his or her ability to know which log file to look in to for any error.

What log files do you use to troubleshoot distribution-related errors? Please leave a comment below.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is great!! however, no instruction/information on what to do when package will NOT remove from Distro point.

    Thanks

  2. The title says it all – SCCM: What log file to look in to verify that a package has been deleted from a Distribution Point?

    It doesn’t say SCCM: What log file to look in to verify that a package has been deleted from a Distribution Point? And what to do about it when things go wrong.

    You want the google search terms of – sccm 2012 delete orphaned packages.

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