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I am two weeks deep into the sccm world, and I seem to be having hit and miss symptoms with advertisements running, so times they do some times they don't. All firewalls are turned off on the clients as well as the server ( I am in a test environment).

What is the best way to troubleshoot an issue such as this, what logs should I be looking at?
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If there's one thing that SCCM does well, it's logging! You could almost say it's over-logged.

You'll find them in %SystemRoot%\System32\CCM\Logs.

I can't pretend that I could help you decipher them, though but I expect the names and what they're logging will be documented on MSDN or TechNet.

Lastly, there is a dedicated SCCM/SMS forum here on AD. A moderator may well move this thread there.
Answered 07/05/2011 by: VBScab
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Assuming your infrastructure is correct and machines are performing inventories etc. the main reason for advertisments not running is that a mandatory assignment has not been set on the advertisement.

This makes them optional, and they can be run from 'Run Advertised Programs' on the client machine's Control Panel, but they will not run automatically.

Check that a mandatory assignment has been added to the advertisement and see if that helps.

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Dunnpy
Answered 07/05/2011 by: dunnpy
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Look into System status, Advertisement Status on SCCM server. There are also reports in Reporting, All Advertisemernts for a specific collection, or All Advertisements for a specific computer.

Sugestion that has nothing to do with your question: http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/rhouchins/archive/2008/04/09/sccm-right-click-tools.aspx
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Answered 07/05/2011 by: admaai
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Here's my execmgr.log. Can anyone offer the advice?

<![LOG[Software Distribution Site Settings for the client are missing from WMI.]LOG]!><time="08:36:10.350+240" date="07-06-2011" component="execmgr" context="" type="3" thread="1164" file="softdistpolicy.cpp:1312">
<![LOG[OnVAppSettingChanged, failed to Enable/Disable VApp Client with error 0x80008281]LOG]!><time="08:36:37.388+240" date="07-06-2011" component="execmgr" context="" type="3" thread="1976" file="execreqmgr.cpp:5706">
<![LOG[Software distribution agent was enabled]LOG]!><time="08:36:37.388+240" date="07-06-2011" component="execmgr" context="" type="1" thread="1976" file="execreqmgr.cpp:5974">
<![LOG[A user has logged on.]LOG]!><time="08:38:45.716+240" date="07-06-2011" component="execmgr" context="" type="1" thread="3712" file="execreqmgr.cpp:4522">
<![LOG[The logged on user is WIN7X64-SCCM\Administrator]LOG]!><time="08:38:46.278+240" date="07-06-2011" component="execmgr" context="" type="1" thread="3712" file="execreqmgr.cpp:4540">
Answered 07/06/2011 by: clivebuckwheat1
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I hope you are not waiting on this thread and started searching for "0x80008281" [8D]
Answered 07/07/2011 by: admaai
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I did, turns out it was a corrupted sccm client.
Answered 07/10/2011 by: clivebuckwheat1
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