Location of SMSTS log during SCCM OSD

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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

  • Benjamin Cramphorn

    Another useful guide as ever. Might be worth pointing out you will need to make sure the “Enable Command Support” check box on the boot images is ticked and the boot image has been re-distributed with this enabled before it will work. (This might be on as default actually, I can’t remember 100%).

    • Agreed Benjamin 🙂

    • Enable command support is not enabled by default. But it is enabled before you deploy OS.

  • Yoseph Silitonga

    Hi Prajwal,

    I’ve been trying to find out which directory in the SCCM 2012 Server the X:Windows referring to?

    Many thanks

  • Nelson

    Hi Prajwal, Am trying to do a windows update in sccm 2012 R2, and the results in the deployment status pane shows “Client check passed/Inactive and Client check passed/Active – in the Unknown Tab