*Updated with link to Part 3- 4/13/10*
In Part 1 of this series we figured out where the logs are located. In this section, we’ll go over how IBW works and what messages get written to which log files.
Before getting into each of the logs and what they describe, it will be helpful to explain the phases of IBW and the different components that log things in unique ways:
Note: The phases described here are not directly equivalent to the Configuration Passes (1-7) which you see when setting settings in ICE.
Now that we understand basically how the setup process works, understanding the logs is a bit easier. There are 3 main log files in the Panther directory that you’ll want to look at:
To actually look at the contents of the logs, you have 2 main options:
1. Use Notepad.exe to look at the logs when you’re still on the device. Notepad is a great way to quickly look at the logs immediately after the failure occurs.
2. As you can see from the screenshot above, Notepad on WinPE doesn’t provide the best viewing experience. While it’s quick to get at the logs, your screen resolution is typically pretty low, giving you a small window to work with. Option 2 is copying the files to external media so that they can be read on a normal Windows computer.
Now that we have access to the log files, we can start to examine them to determine what the problem is and how to solve it.
Stay tuned for Part 3, where we’ll examine the logs in detail and go over some common errors you may run across.