On Windows, immediately after installing Application Server Enterprise Edition, the Message Queue broker fails on startup with a message saying the directory drive:\as\domains\domain1\imq does not exist.
Note that if the broker is started after starting domain1, the directory will be created by the Application Server and the problem will not occur.
Create the var_home_dir_location before creating the broker:
$imqbrokerd -varhome var_home_dir_location
$imqbrokerd -varhome D:\as\domains\domain1\imq