Logging settings

By default, the MaxBack VSS Writer uses the eventlog and a more detailed text log. If necessary you can change these log settings.

The default location for the log file is


Log files will be automatically archived and deleted.

Log level

To change the log level of the event log or the text log change the log level setting in the config file of the Writer service. You can find this in the binary installation patch (default: C:\Program Files\wagnerSolutions\MaxBack\VssWriter). File name: MaxBack.VssWriter.exe.config

  <!--<logger name="*" minlevel="Debug" writeTo="console" />-->
  <logger name="Topshelf.*" minlevel="Info" writeTo="serviceLog" />
  <logger name="*" minlevel="Debug" writeTo="instanceLog" />
  <logger name="*" minlevel="Info" writeTo="eventlog" />


Change the attribute minlevel to a different value to increase or decrease the log level. Supported values are:

  • Trace
  • Debug
  • Info
  • Warning
  • Error
  • Fatal