Obtaining and viewing logs for issues related to Patch for SCCM

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    This document is meant to provide information about where to obtain logging related to Patch for SCCM.




    Starting with Microsoft System Center 2012 there is a new log reading tool available called CMTrace.


    You can locate this on your Configuration Manager server under:

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\tools\cmtrace.exe


    We recommend creating a shortcut to this or setting this as the default log reader.


    Locations of log files and useful information:


    • Installation of Patch for SCCM plugin
      • C:\Users\{CurrentUser}\AppData\Local\Temp
          • Logs that will be found here:
            • SCCMPatchInstall_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.log
            • SCCMPatchSetup_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.log


    • System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Server:
      • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\logs
        • Contains all logs related to operations of Configuration Manager
        • Most useful log(s) when troubleshooting issues with Shavlik Patch:
          • wsyncmgr.log - WSUS synchronization operations
      • C:\Users\*SCCM-Admin*\Shavlik\Shavlik Patch (C:\Users\*SCCM-Admin*\Ivanti\Patch - if you are using Ivanti Patch for SCCM 2.4)
        • Contains both logs and datafiles/binaries used by Shavlik Patch plugin.
          • Logs found here:
            • AutoPublish.log - Contains logging of publishing process.
            • Shavlik Patch.log - Contains logging of Shavlik Patch plugin operations.
    • Client
      • For trouble with deployment of dependent action patches (Java or Apple) it can be beneficial to obtain the following:
        • C:\Windows
          • WindowsUpdate.log
        • C:\ProgramData\Shavlik\Installation
          • Contains files related to deployment of dependent action patches (Java, Apple). Collect and zip everything in this folder.
          • Note: This folder is automatically cleaned out after 30 days
        • C:\ProgramData\Ivanti\Patch\Installation (Applicable to Patch 2.4 published updates)


      • For trouble with scan and deployment of standard definitions, it can be beneficial to obtain the following:
        • C:\Windows\CCM\Logs
          • UpdatesDeployment.log - Deployments, SDK, UX.
          • UpdatesHandler.log - Updates, Download.
          • ScanAgent.log - Online/Offline scans, WSUS location requests.
          • WUAHandler.log - Update status (missing/installed - verbose logging), WU interaction.
          • UpdatesStore.log - Update status (missing/installed).
          • %windir%\WindowsUpdate.log - Scanning/Installation of updates.


    The below table will help in understanding what log(s) may be most helpful during certain workflows:



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    Ivanti Patch for SCCM

    Shavlik Patch for Microsoft System Center

    (Formerly SCUPdates)