How to get what you need from SMS logs

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Mar 12, 2000


by Dana Daugherty

SMS 2.0 has a tremendous amount of logging information. In this article I'll help help you to access that data using a method that may be more useful than the one you are currently using.  SMS 2.0 has a tremendous amount of logging information. In this article I'll help help you to access that data using a method that may be more useful than the one you are currently using.

I prefer to use SMS Tracer 2.0 to read SMS logs. Despite it's ambiguous name, this is a log reading utility located on the SMS CD in the Support\Reskit\i386\Smstrace directory. This utility offers much more than Notepad, namely:

  • Real-time view
  • Read-ability 
  • More than one log can be opened at at time
  • Highlight by string
  • More graphical interface

Look for yourself.

 

To install; browse the the above path and run Traceinst.exe

Tips for quicker access

Log files on your system NT system are probably associated with Notepad. Because of this it seems as though it takes a little more effort to open logs with SMS Trace. Want to add SMS Tracer to the send to menu? Do the following; Install SMS Tracer using the above procedure. Do a find for SMSTrace.exe, place a short cut in the Winnt\profiles\"your profile"\send to directory. To test; browse to a SMS log file. Right-click on the file, select send to, select SMS Trace. Ta Da. You could also create a short-cut on your desktop and drag SMS logs into the short-cut. You choose.

 

Give it a try, I think you like it.

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