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Trace Logs


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Orchestrator, System Center 2012 - Orchestrator, System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator

Orchestrator can create trace log messages on the management server to help you identify problems in the environment. By default, trace log messages are only written when there is an exception in the Orchestrator Management Service, but you can increase this level of logging by modifying a registry setting. Trace log files are available in directories for each Orchestrator feature under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft System Center 2012\Orchestrator. You can change these log locations by changing the registry values for the different features.


The C:\ProgramData directory is often a hidden system folder.

Modifying Trace Log Settings

Trace log settings are configured with registry values under the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\SystemCenter2012\Orchestrator\TraceLogger. Each of the Orchestrator services has a set of registry values as shown in the following table.

Feature Registry key
Audit Trail tool Atlc.exe
Data Store Configuration Utility DBSetup.exe
Management Service ManagementService.exe
Permissions Configuration tool PermissionsConfig.exe
Runbooks and activities PolicyModule.exe
Runbook Designer RunbookDesigner.exe
Runbook Server Monitor RunbookServerMonitorService.exe
Runbook Service RunbookService.exe
Runbook Tester Runbook Tester.exe

The following table shows the values that are under each key. Modify these values as appropriate to change the logging details for that feature.

Registry value name Default value Description
LogFolder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft System Center 2012\Orchestrator\ManagementService.exe\Logs Location where trace logs are stored.
LogLevel 1 Level of detail of information that is logged. Possible values are in the table below.
LogPrefix ManagementService.exe Prefix of the log file name. This prefix is followed by the date and time when the log file is created.
NewLogEvery 3600 Number of seconds until a new log file is created.

The following table provides the possible values that you can use for the log level.

Log level Description
1 Exception detail only. This is the default setting.
3 Exception detail with warnings and errors.
7 Full logging.

See Also

Orchestrator Logs