Configure diagnostic logging

You can configure how diagnostic events are logged according to their criticality. Additionally, you can set the maximum number of log files that can be maintained and set how long to capture events to a single log file.

You can also indicate whether or not to provide Microsoft with continuous improvement and Watson event data.

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Operations.

  2. On the Operations page, in the Logging and Reporting section, click Diagnostic logging.

  3. On the Diagnostic Logging page, in the Customer Experience Improvement Program section, under Sign up for the Customer Experience Improvement Program, select one of the following options:

    • Yes, I am willing to participate anonymously in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (Recommended).

    • No, I don't wish to participate.

      If you select Yes, users can decide whether they want to report customer experience improvement program events to Microsoft. For more information, see Return continuous improvement data to Microsoft.

  4. In the Error Reports section, under Error reporting, select one of the following:

    • Collect error reports.

      If you choose this option, you can also select two options to control how the error reports are collected. Select or clear the following check boxes:

      • Periodically download a file that can help identify system problems.

      • Change this computer's error collection policy to silently send all reports. This changes the computer's error reporting behavior to automatically send reports to Microsoft without prompting users when they log on.

    • Ignore errors and don't collect information.

  5. In the Event Throttling section, in the Select a category list, select a category of events for which to configure throttling. Throttling controls what events are captured in the Windows events log according to the criticality of the events.

  6. In the Least critical event to report to the event log list, select an event. Events that are equally critical to or more critical than the selected event will be recorded in the Windows event log. The list entries are sorted in most-critical-to-least-critical order.

  7. In the Least critical event to report to the trace log list, select an event. Events that are equally critical to or more critical than the selected event will be recorded in the trace log. The list entries are sorted in most-critical-to-least-critical order.

  8. In the Trace Log section, in the Path box, specify the path for the trace log.

  9. In the Number of log files box, type a value for the maximum number of event logs that can be created. When that number is reached and a new log file is needed, the oldest log file is deleted.

  10. In the Number of minutes to use a log file box, type a value in minutes to set how long to capture events to a single log file.

  11. Click OK.

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