Where do I find my ULS logs in SharePoint?

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

If you’re new to SharePoint you’re going to want to learn about ULS (stands for Unified Logging Service) logs early on. Most everything that happens in SharePoint is logged here in some form or another. These logs will save your life when you’re trouble shooting or debugging issues. So where are these infamous logs found you ask? Unless installation was scripted and configured differently, the logs are always in the LOGS folder under the main SharePoint folder with only a version difference changing the location.

Here’s where they are by default for the different versions:

SharePoint Version File System Location
2007 C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\LOGS
2010 C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\LOGS
2013 C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\LOGS




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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