SolarWinds Backup Help

Logging

The Backup Manager automatically writes down its operations to a special file. The file is called an application log or Backup FP log. It contains non-personal data that lets system administrators and support engineers make sure all backup and recovery processes are set up correctly. If something goes wrong, the log is valuable for troubleshooting.

Versions of the application log

There are two versions of the application log: a local version and a server version. The local version is available on the hard drive where the Backup Manager is installed. The server version is stored in the Cloud and can be accessed from the Backup Manager.

The local version has more data while the server version displays the latest records. For detail, see the Application log settings section below.

How to view the application log (local and server versions)

Application log structure

Each log record is structured in the following way:

[timestamp] [type] [thread_id] [module]: [message]

The [module] component is optional.

For example:

[2015-01-14 10:30:22.083339] [D] [07200] [Periodic Task Thread]: "Profiler controller" is being executed...

Application log settings

As the size of the log file on the hard drive reaches 5 MB, the Backup Manager stops adding new entries to it and creates a new file instead. The file is saved to the same folder. If debug logging is on, the size limit is extended to 50 MB.

Generally, after the total size of all application log files on the user's computer reaches 50 MB (or 500 MB in case of debug logging), the oldest of them are cleared to free space for new files. These settings have proven to be comfortable for most users. However, sometimes (for example, when a tricky case is investigated), it may be necessary to customize the predefined size limits. This is done by adding parameters to the [Logging] section of the configuration file.