Event Log Red Herring Alert (ERHA) –InitialFirewallConfig.wfw

From time to time, I check my Windows 8 Event Logs to see what’s going on with my system and the applications that I run.  One Error that showed up was this.

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…the General tab provides more detail and it reads this…

Function: fileExists
File: .\Utility\sysutils.cpp
Line: 500
Invoked Function: _tstat
Return Code: 2 (0x00000002)
Description: The system cannot find the file specified.

File: C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client\InitialFirewallConfig.wfw
Error: No such file or directory

I noticed that it would happen whenever I started running a program called Cisco Any Connect VPN Client.  Scouring the internet, I couldn’t find any useful information about it.

I created an empty file with the same name in the C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client directory and restarted Cisco Any Connect VPN Client.  Lo’ and behold, the file disappeared.  It appears that it is a file that Cisco Any Connect VPN Client needs at startup then removes.  Cisco Any Connect VPN Client still runs with or without this file so I think its messy programming to have an Error be logged in the Event Log.

I posted this for others to see that this file is really not that important and neither is the Error.

Good luck!

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