Two main reasons:
- When the log file is opened in Notepad new entries – written to the log file after it has been opened – won’t be shown. Notepad must be closed and the log file reopened, again and again…;
- Notepad displays text and no colors. So one has to look for errors him-/herself. Changes are that some crucial information is overlooked.
So how to go about it? Good news! There is a tool – for free – which elevates both mentioned issues. When opened the log file will be refreshed and warnings and errors are automatically color coded: yellow for warnings, red for errors.
This tool – SMS Trace - is part of the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 and can be downloaded from here. Install the tool (completely or only the part containing SMS Trace) and be happy.