How to disable logging in Windows Sharepoint Services V3


WSS V3 out of the box has extensive logging activity, Logs can be usually found in this directory and tend to grow significantly over time:   C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\LOGS


If you are running WSS V3 in a developement environement or in a VPC and want to optimize resources, you can disable logging activity by doing the following:




  • Go to WSS V3 Central Administration -> Operations -> Logging and Reporting


  • Click on Diagnostic Logging



    1. Customer Experience Improvement Program: select No, I don’t wish to participate


    2. Error Reports: select Ignore errors and don’t collect information.


    3. Trace log: clear the entire Path.


    4. Click OK


  • Click on Usage Analysis Processing



    1. Uncheck Enable logging


    2. Click OK


  • Click on Information Management Policy Usage Reports



    1. Uncheck Enable recurring policy usage reports

Please remember that once you have disabled logging it will be impossible to troubleshoot any PS nor WSS errors. This is not a recommended setting for any production system!


    Comments (1)

    1. In Christophe’s recent blog about logs he explained how to turn them off. Sometimes though we need to