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I have created a new DP choosing as primary content and packages D:\ drive.
At the end of the wizard process I went to the new DP at D:\ to check the logs but I couldn't find it because the program files (D:\program files\Microsoft Configuration Manager \logs) was not in the D drive. I couldn't find distmgr.log.
In D drive I found only this folders:

  • -remoteinstall
  • -SCCMContentLib
  • -SMS
  • -SMS_CCM
  • -SMS_DP$
  • -SMSSIG$

Something went wrong or do I need to do something more?


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If DP is installed on a server which is not a primary site, then look for distmgr.log on Primary site.

On Distribution point look for smsdpprov.log under d:\SMS_CCM\logs.

It seems the DP installation went fine as SCCM content library folder and all supported folders got created. Check the installation status through smsdpprov.log.

Another way to check installation status is through Monitoring \ Distribution status \ distribution point configuration status


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Thank you Manush, I was looking for at the wrong place then....

I found smsdpprov.log.  it was in another folder (in the new DP)  but it was there 😉 

The logs at my eyes are are a data tangle. How can I move and find what I need in those logs. For example, distmgr.log present in the Primary site is a large file and it grows more and more. Could you please sugggest me where to find a guide or tutorial where to start understanding how to interpret all data?


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The easiest way to understand this - is to distribute a small package and monitor the progress through distmgr.log immediately with time stamp. I hope you are using cmtrace.exe tool (not notepad), also make a note of thread ID in distmgr when you start distributing the content, so that you are 100% sure you are tracking the same package. 

It's not difficult, the content info for distribution will not be too much, once you go through it couple of times you will be easily able to understand it.

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