Exchange Server: File Share Witness error

Mikhail Firsov 1,876 Reputation points


Almost the same question (and the original one hasn't been answered yet):

There's the test Exchange setup that had been running flawlessly ~ for 10 months: DAG1 = Exch1 + Exch2 + File Share Witness on DC.

Exch2 fails and the cluster fails as well because the first healthy node - Exch1 - thinks the FSW is not accessible (thus there's no quorum and the cluster can not start).


The event 5398 says ~"start the cluster using Start-ClusterNode -FQ' " but I doubt it will make Exch1 "see" the witness share.

Does anybode know why is this happening? (and it's obviously not related to any network related problems - the share is constantly available).

Thank you in advance,

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  1. Amit Singh 4,846 Reputation points

    To fix this, add full permission to \dc1\Cluster_Vote for user Cluster$ (in my case, it’s VirtualDB$).. Hope this will help..

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  2. Andy David - MVP 140.8K Reputation points MVP

    Can you change the FSW to another server? One thats isnt a DC?
    Id be curious if that makes a difference.