PowerShell Script to trace OCS Components

Tracing OCS components may be vital in troubleshooting various issues you may face in your deployment. On machines where you have OCS components installed, you’ll typically find a tool called OCSLogger.exe which allows you to start/stop/view traces of OCS components. However, sometimes this is not enough, for instance when you see problems at the startup of a machine. It’s kind of hard to run the GUI if you cannot logon yet. But you can typically run a scheduled task. Or maybe you are — just like me — more like the console guy and thus want to have a script/cmdline tool for everything.

Let’s start with the config file used by the script (TraceConfig.xml) which defines the components you want to trace, to what level the traces are supposed to be and some more things. The sample given here traces mostly the components which are useful in troubleshooting issues related to the Response Group Service of OCS.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
            TL_FATAL        1
            TL_ERROR        2
            TL_WARN         3
            TL_INFO         4
            TL_VERBOSE      5
            TL_NOISE        6

            TF_COMPONENT    0x00000001
            TF_PROTOCOL     0x00000002
            TF_CONNECTION   0x00000004
            TF_SECURITY     0x00000008
            TF_DIAG         0x00000010
            TF_AUTH         0x00000020
            TF_PARSE        0x00000040
            TF_NETWORK      0x00000080
            TF_STACKTRACE   0x00000100
    <Default Level="6" Flags="0xffff" />
    <Paths Tracer="C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Communications Server 2007 R2\Tracing"
           TmfSearchPath="C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Communications Server 2007 R2\Tracing">
        <Component Name="LcsWMI" Enabled="no" />
        <Component Name="LcsWMIUserServices" Enabled="no" />

        <Component Name="PowerShell" Enabled="yes" />

        <Component Name="ApplicationServer" Enabled="yes" />

        <Component Name="RgsClientsLib" Enabled="yes" />
        <Component Name="RgsCommonLibrary" Enabled="yes" />
        <Component Name="RgsDatastores" Enabled="yes" />
        <Component Name="RgsDeploymentApi" Enabled="yes" />
        <Component Name="RgsDeploymentLibrary" Enabled="yes" />
        <Component Name="RgsDiagnostics" Enabled="yes" />
        <Component Name="RgsHostingFramework" Enabled="yes" />
        <Component Name="RgsMatchMakingService" Enabled="yes" />

I added the most importan trace levels and flags in the comment. Right now, the Default element defines the levels and flags for all components, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do that per component you want to trace.

The PS1 script itself (Tracer.ps1) heavily relies on the OcsTracer.exe tool which also comes with OCS and is typically installed in the same place as OcsLogger.exe. It has four main actions:

  1. Start tracing components
  2. Stop tracing components and format the traces
  3. Format traces of ETL files (e.g. from a different machine)
  4. Show the configuration details from a particular config XML file
        Starts or Stops tracing of Office Communications Server components.
        Starts or Stops tracing of Office Communications Server components.
        The action to perform. Must be one of 'Start', 'Stop', 'Config' or
        The path to the configuration XML file. If not specified,
        "TraceConfig.xml" is used.
        This script was originally posted to
        .\Tracer.ps1 Start

        Starts tracing all the enabled components from the "TraceConfig.xml" file.
        .\Tracer.ps1 Stop

        Stops tracing all the enabled components from the "TraceConfig.xml" file
        and formats the traces.
        .\Tracer.ps1 Format "MyOtherConfig.xml"

        Formats the traces of the enabled components from the "MyOtherConfig.xml"
        file with all the settings from the "MyOtherConfig.xml" file.
        .\Tracer.ps1 Config

        Shows the configuration of the "TraceConfig.xml" file.
    [ValidateSet("Start", "Stop", "Config", "Format", IgnoreCase=$true)]
    [String] $Action,
    [String] $ConfigPath = "TraceConfig.xml"

$configXml = ((Get-Content $ConfigPath))
$tracerPath = $configXml.Config.Paths.Tracer
$etlDir = $configXml.Config.Paths.Etl
$logDir = $configXml.Config.Paths.Log
$tmfSearchPath = $configXml.Config.Paths.TmfSearchPath

# Construct the parameters for the 'Start' command to OcsTracer.exe
function getStartParams()
    $ret = @()

    $configXml.Config.Components.Component |
        ? {$_.Enabled -eq "yes"} |
        foreach {
            $ret = $ret +
                ("/Component:" + $_.Name + "," + $configXml.Config.Default.Level +
                    "," + $configXml.Config.Default.Flags + " ")

    return $ret

# Construct the parameters for the 'Stop' command to OcsTracer.exe
function getStopParams()
    $ret = @()

    $configXml.Config.Components.Component |
        ? {$_.Enabled -eq "yes"} |
        foreach { $ret = $ret + ("/Component:" + $_.Name) }

    return $ret

# Format the ETL files for enabled components to a human readable format
function formatFiles(
    [String] $Timestamp
    md $logDir\$timestamp -ea silentlycontinue | Out-Null

    $configXml.Config.Components.Component |
        ? {$_.Enabled -eq "yes"} |
        foreach {
            $etlFile = $_.Name + ".etl";

            if (Test-Path $etlFile)
                $logFile = $Timestamp + "\" + $Timestamp + "_" + $_.Name + ".log";

                & "$tracerPath\OcsTracer.exe" Format /LogFilePath:"$etlDir\$etlFile" /OutputFile:"$logDir\$logFile" /TmfSearchPath:"$tmfSearchPath" | Write-Verbose
                Write-Warning "File $etlFile not found.";

Write-Host "Using Config File: $ConfigPath"
$timestamp = Get-Date -format "yyyy-MM-dd_HH.mm.ss"

if ($Action -eq "start")
    Write-Host "Removing all .etl files ..."
    ls $etlDir *.etl | ri

    Write-Host "Start tracing components ..."
    $params = getStartParams

    & "$tracerPath\OcsTracer.exe" Start $params /LogFileFolder:"$etlDir" | Write-Verbose
elseif ($Action -eq "stop")
    Write-Host "Stop tracing components ..."
    $params = getStopParams

    md $logDir\$timestamp | Out-Null

    & "$tracerPath\OcsTracer.exe" Stop $params /OutputFile:"$logDir\$timestamp\$($timestamp)_All.log" /TmfSearchPath:"$tmfSearchPath" | Write-Verbose

    if (!$?)
        rd $logDir\$timestamp | Out-Null
        Write-Host "Sessions stopped. Start formatting ..."
        formatFiles $timestamp
elseif ($Action -eq "format")
    Write-Host "Formatting traces from ETL files ..."
    formatFiles $timestamp
elseif ($Action -eq "config")
    Write-Host "Default values"
    Write-Host "--------------"
    $configXml.Config.Default | ft Level,Flags

    Write-Host "Paths"
    Write-Host "-----"
    $configXml.Config.Paths | fl

    Write-Host "Components"
    Write-Host "----------"
    $configXml.Config.Components.Component | ft Name,Enabled
    Write-Error "Unknown action."

For samples on how to run the script, please run man .\Tracer.ps1 -Examples
Have fun 🙂