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SharePoint® 2010 Administration: Instant Reference by Milan Gross, Randy Williams

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Configure Diagnostic Logging

SharePoint 2010 includes two built-in mechanisms for capturing information about internal events and errors:

Event Logging SharePoint writes messages to the Application event log made available through the Event Viewer utility in the Windows operating system. The event log is primarily intended for administrators and support staff to understand what configuration and maintenance problems SharePoint reports.

Trace Logging SharePoint writes information into a set of log files stored in a specified directory. The trace log is primarily intended for developers and Microsoft support teams to identify internal errors and issues that often indicate more complex problems with the system.

Working with the Event Log

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