SharePoint Tracing Service failed to create the trace log file directory

One of our MOSS servers installed on Windows 2008 had the following periodic Application Log entry:

Tracing Service failed to create the trace log file directory 'D:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\LOGS\'.  Error 3: The system cannot find the path specified.

Interestingly enough there were files in the LOGS directory so at one point or another this was working. 

This post suggests it is a lack of permission on the LOGS directory for the WSS_ADMIN_WPG group, but this was not the case for this server:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointgeneral/thread/3cd056cd-73a1-43aa-99d5-3d9849b5000a

Although, the issue was a permission error on the LOGS directory, the account lacking permissions was the Log On account on the Windows SharePoint Services Tracing Service (SPTrace).  After giving this account Modify permissions on the LOGS directory, the issue was corrected.


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# re: SharePoint Tracing Service failed to create the trace log file directory

Hi...

You need to create to folder on D:\ drive for creating log files. and provide appropriate permission.

Saurabh.. 5/13/2010 10:40 PM | Saurabh M

# re: SharePoint Tracing Service failed to create the trace log file directory

In this case the folder existed but the account associated with the SPTrace service did not have the correct permissions. Once that account was given the right permissions it started working again. 5/14/2010 6:41 AM | blogadmin

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