Location of SMSTS.log when using Configuration Manager Operating System Deployment

For those using OSD to image, the smsts.log is a valuable log file to help in troubleshooting installation issues of your Windows images. The smsts.log file, however, moves around depending on what phase of the installation you are in. Below is a list of the location depending on where you are in the installation process:

  • Windows PE before HDD format: x:\windows\temp\smstslog\smsts.log
  • Windows PE after HDD format: x:\smstslog\smsts.log and copied to c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
  • Full version Windows before SCCM agent installed: c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
  • Full version Windows after SCCM agent installed: c:\windows\system32\ccm\logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
  • Full version Windows (x64) after SCCM agent installed: c:\windows\sysWOW64\ccm\logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
  • After Task Sequence has finished running: c:\windows\system32\ccm\logs\smsts.log
  • After Task Sequence has finished running (x64): c:\windows\sysWOW64\ccm\logs\smsts.log