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SharePoint 2013 and Tracing Event ID 2163

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After installing SharePoint 2013, you might come across an issue where you see an Application Event ID 2163 start popping up. While it may seem innocuous, it actually will cause multiple problems down the road.
The error is effectively telling you that the SharePoint Tracing Service is not able to write to the SharePoint log folder; when it cannot, it will write to the account local folder (under AppData). This means the service will not really work because the local user folder is not accessible to other SharePoint accounts and services.
The Event ID 2163 error message will be something like this:

Tracing Service failed to create the trace log file at location specified in SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\15.0\WSS\LogDir. Error 0x0: The operation completed successfully. . Traces will be written to the following directory: C:\Users\SPSERV~1\AppData\Local\Temp\.

In the System Application Event log, the message looks like this:

As you can see, the account that’s having the problem is indicated. Sorting this all out is pretty simple – what it really means is simply that the account running the service (SPService as shown) doesn’t have permissions to write to the SharePoint Log file directory.
If you open up the Services (Start > Administrative Tools > Services or Start > Run… then enter services.msc and click OK) and locate the SharePoint Tracing Service, you can determine the account in use:


The confusing part about the message is that it indicates not the physical path to the log files but the Registry setting (HKEY_LOCALMACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Shared Tools/Web Server Extensions/15.0/WSS) – remember, by default, the SharePoint logs are located in c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\Logs but if you are working in a production environment, the logs are probably (or should be) located elsewhere. You might already know where they are but if you don’t, you can easily use the setting to find them – if you open the Registry editor (Start > Run… then enter regedit then click OK) then follow the path, you will see the “LogDir” setting (FYI don’t make any changes here):



As you can see, this is the default setting – %CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\LOGS\ – that is, the default path mentioned above.


Using Windows Explorer, navigate to the location specified – (by default, c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\). Right click on the folder and select Properties then click the Security tab:


As you can see, the account in question here (SPService) is a managed account and would NOT be a member of the Administrators group so by default, it has no access here. Click the Edit… button, add the account and give it Full Rights to this folder:

Click Apply then OK then close out the properties window (Side note: it is not a bad idea to add the SharePoint Farm account with full permissions here).
Once this is completed, a reboot is suggested but not necessary and may not be possible in a production environment; you can optionally use the Services (Start > Administrative Tools > Services or Start > Run… then enter services.msc and click OK) – right click on the SharePoint Tracing Service and select Restart:

Problem solved!!

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  1. You don’t want to ignore any error messages within SharePoint. Even if it appears to continue to work properly, the error message occurs when there is something that needs attention. Bring it to the attention of the IT department immediately.


  2. EXCELLENT information. Your directions are clear and concise, and easy to follow. Thanks for your hard work in posting this info.


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