I was working with Scott Culbertson (MCS) today troubleshooting a custom process to install HP hardware based drivers using the SSM.EXE tool. He shared a useful tip when using Trace32.exe. We were parsing through the SMSTS.log looking for validation on some specific conditions set in the task sequence. In this particular case there was an entire Group in State Restore that was being skipped completely. One useful thing you can do with Trace32.exe is Highlight the specific error you’re searching for. This is particularly helpful when searching through lengthy log files looking for a specific error or step in the TS.
Open Trace32.exe and go to Highlight. From there you can enter the string to search for and all lines containing the text will be highlighted.
Simple, but useful tip. 🙂