SMSPXE.Log in SCCM 2012

A commonly asked question the forums these days is – “anybody seen the SMSPXE.log?”

With ConfigMgr SP1 the log is placed on the distribution point in <X>\SMS_DP$\SMS\Logs where X is the location of the contentlibrary.

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The log files contains a bit more useful information compared to Cm07 and CM2012 RTM. Below is a snippet of the log file where an unknown computer performs a PXE boot and runs an “advertisement” (what ever that is”)

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Client lookup reply: <ClientIDReply><Identification Unknown="0" ItemKey="0" ServerName="" ServerRemoteName=""><Machine><ClientID/><NetbiosName/></Machine></Identification></ClientIDReply>
    SMSPXE    10/11/2012 5:35:33 AM    5640 (0x1608)
00:15:5D:01:75:20, B9291B40-5182-4CAB-BFFF-ADF05C1C4663: device is not in the database.    SMSPXE    10/11/2012 5:35:33 AM    5640 (0x1608)
Getting boot action for unknown machine: item key: 2046820352    SMSPXE    10/11/2012 5:35:33 AM    5640 (0x1608)
Client boot action reply: <ClientIDReply><Identification Unknown="0" ItemKey="2046820352" ServerName="" ServerRemoteName=""><Machine><ClientID>31bebede-287b-4918-a05d-09e54b99bdbb</ClientID><NetbiosName/></Machine></Identification><PXEBootAction LastPXEAdvertisementID="" LastPXEAdvertisementTime="" OfferID="PS120007" OfferIDTime="10/11/2012 3:35:00 AM" PkgID="PS10001E" PackageVersion="" PackagePath="
http://CM03.SC2012.local/SMS_DP_SMSPKG$/PS100005" BootImageID="PS100005" Mandatory="0"/></ClientIDReply>
    SMSPXE    10/11/2012 5:35:34 AM    5640 (0x1608)
00:15:5D:01:75:20, B9291B40-5182-4CAB-BFFF-ADF05C1C4663: found optional advertisement PS120007    SMSPXE    10/11/2012 5:35:34 AM    5640 (0x1608)
Getting boot action for unknown machine: item key: 2046820353    SMSPXE    10/11/2012 5:35:37 AM    5640 (0x1608)
Client boot action reply: <ClientIDReply><Identification Unknown="0" ItemKey="2046820353" ServerName="" ServerRemoteName=""><Machine><ClientID>6e22664f-e6d6-4b9c-a1d9-7fef753def41</ClientID><NetbiosName/></Machine></Identification><PXEBootAction LastPXEAdvertisementID="" LastPXEAdvertisementTime="" OfferID="PS120007" OfferIDTime="10/11/2012 3:35:00 AM" PkgID="PS10001E" PackageVersion="" PackagePath="
http://CM03.SC2012.local/SMS_DP_SMSPKG$/PS100005" BootImageID="PS100005" Mandatory="0"/></ClientIDReply>
    SMSPXE    10/11/2012 5:35:37 AM    5640 (0x1608)
00:15:5D:01:75:20, B9291B40-5182-4CAB-BFFF-ADF05C1C4663: found optional advertisement PS120007    SMSPXE    10/11/2012 5:35:37 AM    5640 (0x1608)


Comments (3):

  1. Hanna says:

    Hi Kent,
    After upgrading to R2 I have found that the log files were moved from \SMS_DP$\SMS\Logs to \SMS_CCM\Logs directory on a DFS share !
    Regards,
    Hanna

  2. Stijn says:

    Advertisement is the legacy name of a Task Sequence. This used to be called Advertisement in SCCM2007

  3. Mahmoud says:

    in program file there are 2 folder \Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs and \SMS_CCM\logs

    search on the first one
    and Good luck

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