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How to turn on the Terminal Services Session Directory logging service

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SUMMARY
To troubleshoot Session Directory for Terminal Services servers, you can use the Terminal Services Session Directory logging feature. This article describes how to turn on this feature.
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  1. Stop the Terminal Services Session Directory service.
  2. In the registry, locate the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tssdis\Parameters
  3. If the Parameters key does not exist, create it.
  4. Add the following DWORD value:
    TraceOutputMode
  5. Select the option you want:
    • 0 (no output)
    • 1 (output to debugger)
    • 3 (output to log file)
  6. Start the Terminal Services Session Directory Service. If you selected option 3 in step 5, Terminal Service Session Directory placess the output in a log file that is named Tssdis.log under following folder.
    1. For Windows Server 2008 based Terminal Services Session broker, under %systemroot%\system32\tssesdir folder.
    2. For Windows Server 2003 based Terminal Service Session Directory service, under %systemroot%\system32 folder.
The Terminal Services Session directory log file contains the following entries:
  • Session Directory service started
  • Session Directory service stopped
  • Machine joins session directory
  • Machine leaves session directory
  • User logs in
  • User disconnects
  • User reconnects
  • User logs out
  • Session Directory-related event log messages.
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Article ID: 327508 - Last Review: 04/06/2010 03:31:13 - Revision: 8.0

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