Event 1 about SMB witness client initialization when you install Windows Server

This article describes Event ID 1 that occurs during the deployment of Windows Server.

Applies to:   Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2
Original KB number:   4483863

Symptoms

During the deployment of Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 R2, the following error message is logged in Event Viewer indicating that Server Message Block (SMB) witness client initialization failed and returned Event 1:

Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-SMBWitnessClient/Admin
Source: Microsoft-Windows-SMBWitnessClient
Event ID:1
Level: Error
Description: Witness Client initialization failed with error (The system cannot find the file specified.)

More information

You can safely ignore this event if this is a fresh deployment of Windows Server that has no role and no feature is enabled.