Three Tips for Reviewing Log Files – Microsoft’s Free Tool

CMTrace Error Lookup screenshot

For all the systems administrators out there that use Microsoft SCCM, most will already be aware of a fantastic utility in the SCCM toolkit called CMTrace. In case you don’t have SCCM in your environment, here’s a link to download the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit from Microsoft.

Even if you are not using SCCM, I would highly recommend downloading the toolkit and using CMTrace for reviewing any *.log file. It really does a nice job of making log files much easier to read and review as warnings and errors are automatically highlighted.

Here’s a couple examples of non SCCM logs viewed in CMTrace.

non SCCM logs viewed in CMTrace

non SCCM logs viewed in CMTrace

Now, here are a couple of bonus features that most people never notice about CMTrace:

Highlight

CMTrace Highlight feature

CMTrace Highlight feature step 2

CMTrace Highlight feature step 3

The next gem is Filter

CMTrace filter feature for SCCM logs

CMTrace filter feature for SCCM logs step 2

CMTrace filter feature for SCCM logs step 3

The last tool in CMTrace I want to point out is the Error Lookup

CMTrace Error Lookup

CMTrace Error Lookup Step 2

CMTrace Error Lookup step 3

 

I hope that these tips can shave off a few minutes of fun reviewing logs.

Lucas Guth, PEI

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