Most of us might wonder about the location of SMSTS.log during SCCM OSD. SMSTS.log is one of the important log file which will help you in troubleshooting installation issues of your Windows images. So the next question would be where is it located ?. The smsts.log file changes it location depending on the phase of the operating system installation you are in. If you find difficulty in finding the location of SMSTS log during SCCM OSD then below is a list of the locations depending on which you can locate the smsts.log file.
Note – To get the command prompt window you have to press F8 key during the OSD.
You can check for the below two locations for smsts.log file during OSD.
Before your hard drive is formatted and partitioned – x:\windows\temp\smstslog\smsts.log
After HDD format – x:\smstslog\smsts.log and then copied to c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
You can check for the below three locations for smsts.log file after OSD and when the OS is installed.
Before SCCM agent installed – c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
If Windows OS is 32-bit, after SCCM agent installed – c:\windows\system32\ccm\logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
If Windows OS is 64-bit, after SCCM agent installed – c:\windows\sysWOW64\ccm\logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
You can check for the below two locations for smsts.log file after the task sequence is complete.
If Windows OS is 32-bit, after Task Sequence has finished running – c:\windows\system32\ccm\logs\smsts.log
If Windows OS is 64-bit, after Task Sequence has finished running – c:\windows\sysWOW64\ccm\logs\smsts.log