SCCM 2012 Debug View and Logging

Debug View is a hidden feature in SCCM 2012 that allows you to view additional information on the console. Debug Logging allows you to get more information out the client log files. Here’s how to enable it.

To enable Debug View on the SCCM 2012 console you will need to modify the shortcut you use to open the console.

Place a shortcut on the Desktop and edit its target:

SCCM 2012 Shortcut

SCCM 2012 Shortcut

 

“D:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin\Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe” SMS:DebugView

Now open the console and you will notice that on some views you will be able to go to Debug View:

Debug View

This will give you additional information on what you are currently viewing, for example User collection Debug View:

Debug View additional information

Debug View additional information

 

If you are looking for Debug Logging on the client then you will have to make some changes on the client.

To enable Debug Logging on the client open up the Registry Editor and go to the following path HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CCM\Logging\@Global

Change the value of LogLevel to ‘0

Disable regular logging

Disable regular logging

Under the root path HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CCM\Logging create a new key called DebugLogging. In DebugLogging create a new string value called Enabled and give it a value of True.

Enable Debug Logging

Enable Debug Logging

Restart the SCCM Client by running net stop CCMEXEC && net start CCMEXEC.

You now have enabled Debug Logging on the client.

 

If you wish to disable any of the above – Debug View or Debug Logging, simply revert the changes described here.

 

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