Introduce the new logging mechanism for the VDS

This article introduces the new logging mechanism for Virtual Disk Service (VDS) in Windows Server 2012.

Applies to:   Windows Server 2012 R2
Original KB number:   2759114


The VDS in Microsoft Windows Server is a set of APIs that provides a single interface to manage disks. The VDS provides an end-to-end solution to manage storage hardware and disks and to create volumes on the disks. This article introduces the new logging mechanism for VDS in Windows Server 2012. The VDS logging for previous version of Windows is removed.

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To help you troubleshoot any problems with the VDS, capture VDS trace. To capture VDS trace, follow these steps:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt, and then run the following commands:
    1. md %systemroot%\system32\LogFiles\VDS
    2. Logman start vds -o %systemroot%\system32\LogFiles\VDS\VdsTrace.etl -ets -p {012F855E-CC34-4da0-895F-07AF2826C03E} 0xffff 0xff
  2. Reproduce the problem.
  3. After repro, go back to the command prompt from step 1 and run the following command to stop the VDS trace:
    1. Logman stop vds -etsTrace file Vds

Trace.etl can be found under %systemroot%\system32\LogFiles\VDS\. Use TraceView.exe to browse the file or send the VdsTrace.etl file to Microsoft customer support. Customers must obtain the corresponding operating system symbol files from Microsoft public symbol servers in order to read the VdsTrace.etl file. More information about TraceView.exe, click on the following article: