Microsoft KB Archive/250311

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Article ID: 250311

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Metadirectory Services 2.1

This article was previously published under Q250311


Each management agent (MA) has various log files, each one associated with a different phase of the MA. The most general log file is the Zscript.log file. It is located in the MA's working folder. The level of detail that is recorded is controlled by the log level setting within the MA. Increasing the logging level allows you to record what occurs when the MA runs and then compare that to what you intended to occur. Generally, you should not raise the logging level above 3 because of the large amount of data generated.


There are six levels: 0 through 5. The higher levels are cumulative. As the level increases, the log file contains all of the information from the previous levels.

  • Level 0 - Displays Zscript echo commands, fatal errors, and summaries.
  • Level 1 - Displays changes that occur during the management run. This is the default setting for each MA that is created.
  • Level 2 - Displays all entries by name as they are being processed. This also displays attribute flow and joining rules.
  • Level 3 - Displays all entries with full attribute listings.
  • Level 4 - Displays a line-by-line listing from each parsing and construction template used during the MA.
  • Level 5 - Displays the MA configuration information and a line-by-line interpretation of each construction template used during the MA.

To Set a Higher Logging Level

  1. Use Compass to log on to the Microsoft Metadirectory Services (MMS) server.
  2. Click Bookmarks.
  3. Click the MA in which you want to increase the logging level.
  4. Click Operate MA.
  5. Click the Operational Settings tab, and then click the Logging tab.
  6. Change the Logging Detail Level setting to the number you want.
  7. Click OK to close all the dialog boxes.

NOTE: If you need to increase the logging level to level 4 or higher for troubleshooting purposes, set the limit to five entries to reduce the amount of logging that occurs. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

250486 Running a Management Agent for a Limited Number of Entries

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