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Diagnostic logging in SharePoint 2010

Written By: Arshad Ali -- 5/11/2011 -- join -- contribute -- (26) comments -- printer friendly version

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Categories: Configurations, Infrastructure, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010, System Administration

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Problem

For diagnostic logging, the Unified Logging Service (ULS) has been available since previous versions of SharePoint. But what improvements and refinements have been done in SharePoint 2010? What are the options available for diagnostic logging in SharePoint 2010? How better we can control the amount of diagnostic information to be logged in SharePoint 2010?

Solution

SharePoint 2010 has improved the way the ULS logs information and now these diagnostic logging data can be written to trace files, Windows Event Viewer and a new SharePoint reporting database (new in SharePoint 2010). Trace log files are created in a Log folder under the root folder where SharePoint has been installed by default; that is also called the 14 Hive. In my case, I have a stand alone installation on the C drive and hence path goes like this:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\LOGS folder.

Before digging more into this log folder and file information, lets see how to configure the diagnostic logging. Go to the Monitoring link on the left side of SharePoint 2010 Central Administration and click on "Configure diagnostic logging" under "Reporting" as shown below:

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