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Log Files in Windows Server Essentials

Windows Server 2012 R2 streamlines the combination of optional cloud-based applications and services such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. Hence, this feature makes it the most ideal server for small business enterprises. It aids in reducing time, energy and funds spend on IT. In Windows Server Essentials 2012 and 2012 R2, the location of the log files is under: %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs. Let’s have a look at various Log Files in Windows Server Essential.

A log file is a file that comprises a list of events, which have been “logged” by a computer. Log files are produced during software installations and are formed by Web servers, but they can be utilized for numerous other purposes as well. Most log files are saved in a plain text format, which minimizes their file size and permits them to be viewed in a basic text editor. Web servers use log files to record data of website visitors. This information usually comprises the IP address of each visitor, the time of the visit, and the pages visited. The log file may also keep track of what resources were loaded during each visit, such as images, JavaScript, or CSS files. This data can be handled by website statistics software, which can display the information in an accessible format. For instance, a user may be able to view a graph of daily visitors during the previous month and click on each day to view other detailed information.

  1. Service Integration Log Files

There are two service integration log files under windows server essential. They are as O365/On-Premise Exchange/Intune and appear as SharedServiceHost-EmailProviderServiceConfig.log. The other one is Windows Azure Backup and appear as OnlineBackupGettingStartedWizard.log.

  1. Backup Log Files

There are total five backup log files and they are Server Backup Configuration wizard, Server Backup restore wizard, Client Backup Feature server side log, Client backup database cleanup and Client backup database checker. They appear as follows SBCW.log, ServerFFR.log, Backup-<date>.log, RunTask-BackupCleanup.log and RunTask-Consistency check.

  1. Storage and Devices Log Files

Users can find three storage and devices log files under the windows server. They are User/Device management feature which appear as SharedServiceHost-ManagementServiceConfig.log, Storage features as Storageservice.<date>.log and Storage related feature as Storageutil.<date>.log.

  1. Azure Backup Log Files

There are also Azure backup log files and is located under C:\Program Files\Windows Azure Backup Agent\Temp. They are as Azure Backup Logs which appear as CBEngineCurr.errlog and Failed Azure Backup Logs as LastBackupFailedFile#####.txt.

There are also many other helpful log files under windows server essential. They are DC Promo, Health evaluation schedule task, Macintosh Clients Status update, Server DNS status and Customer Experience Improvement which appear as follows DCPromo_date.log, RunTask-AlertEvaluation.log, RunTask-MacintoshStatusReport.log, ServerBeacon.log and RunTask SaveCustomerExperienceImprovementProgramData.log.

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