Event 1 about SMB witness client initialization when you install Windows Server, version 1903 and Windows Server 2019

Applies to: Windows Server, version 1903Windows Server 2019, all versions

Symptoms


During the deployment of Windows Server, version 1903 and Windows Server 2019, the following error message is logged in Event Viewer indicating that Server Message Block (SMB) witness client initialization failed and returned Event 1:

More information


You can safely ignore this event if this is a fresh deployment of Windows Server 2019 that has no role and no feature is enabled.