I was asked the other day how I know what log files to look at within SMS when troubleshooting. Like many long time SMS Administrators, the answer is you just know and those that you don’t you lookup on your cheat sheet.
What is my cheat sheet?
Systems Management Server 2003 Troubleshooting Flowcharts
And of course no SMS Administrator would be caught without SMS Trace! It is the only tool to read SMS log files!
Systems Management Server 2003 Toolkit 2
Wouldn’t it be nice if every product had a list of log files like SMS?