The System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool logs its activity to a log file named authoring.log, that is located in the C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\System Center Service Manager 2010 Authoring folder. The authoring.log file contains logging information that can be useful when encountering problems while using the Authoring Tool. Additionally, you can use the following tips for troubleshooting issues with System Center Service Manager Authoring Tool.

Debugging for WPF Bindings

To help resolve Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) binding problems, you can configure the Service Manager management server to trace and log WPF activities to a file. Then, when you run the Service Manager console as an administrator or any other user with permission to write to the System Center Service Manager 2010 installation folder, a log file named BindingOutput.txt is created in the System Center Service Manager 2010 installation folder. This file will contain WPF debugging information, including information about binding errors.

When you configure the Service Manager management server for WPF debugging, the Service Manager console performance might be reduced.

To set up WPF debugging

  1. On the Service Manager management server, create the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Tracing\WPF if it does not already exist.

  2. Right-click the new registry key, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value. Replace the default New Value #1 name with ManagedTracing and set the value to 1.

  3. Create an .xml file named Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.ServiceManager.UI.Console.exe.config with the following content:

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    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    	<source name="System.Windows.Data" switchName="BindingSwitch" >
    		<add name="BindingTextListener" />
    	<add name="BindingSwitch" value="All" />
    	<add name="BindingTextListener"
    	<trace autoflush="true"></trace>
  4. Store the Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.ServiceManager.UI.Console.exe.config file in the System Center Service Manager 2010 installation folder, for example C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center\Service Manager 2010.

When WPF debugging is no longer needed, you can stop the logging by removing the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Tracing\WPF registry key and removing the Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.ServiceManager.UI.Console.exe.config file that you created.