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Registry Key to allow user to change system time.

Hi,

Does anyone know if there is a key/value that can change to give users the right to change the system time. I would like to put it in a policy rather than using SU.exe in the logon script (or manually change the user rights on all workstations).
I do understand timeserv.exe exists in the resource kit, is it any good i.e stable and installs over numerous workstations easily?
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tomboAuthor Commented:
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dsrikumpCommented:
Tombo,
You can use User Manager for Domains(Start|Programs|Administrative Tools|User Manager) to allow users to change the system time.

Once the User Manager windiw is open, go to the Policies Menu, select "User Rights..."

User Rights Policy box should pop up.

This is an advanced user right so, you have to click the "Show Advanced User Rights" checkbox. Then select the Right "Change System Time." Then add the users or groups that you want to have this priviledge.

Also, if I were you, I'd make an additional group called time changers and simply add the users to that group, then only assign this group that right.

Good luck.

D
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
dsrikump has the answer.
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BlackManCommented:
We are running timeserv on 50+ servers with no problem. Using various Resource Kit utilities you can even make a BAt file to install it remotely.. Otherwise, dsrikump is right...
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dsrikumpCommented:
Tombo,

Since there is a majority that says I'm right, I'll resubmit.

You can use User Manager for Domains(Start|Programs|Administrative Tools|User Manager) to
allow users to change the system time.

Once the User Manager windiw is open, go to the Policies Menu, select "User Rights..."

User Rights Policy box should pop up.

This is an advanced user right so, you have to click the "Show Advanced User Rights" checkbox.
Then select the Right "Change System Time." Then add the users or groups that you want to have
this priviledge.

Also, if I were you, I'd make an additional group called time changers and simply add the users to
that group, then only assign this group that right.

Good luck.

D

PS: Thanks for the votes of confidence guys, kinda feeling a sense of community.
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tomboAuthor Commented:
Sorry,

But I did say I knew how to set this with User Rights. What I wanted to know was if there was a registry key (I can't find one)that was modifiable for this so I could put it in a System policy, or whether the Timeserv.exe service was a stable MS option to use (Blackman seemed to answer this bit - wouldn't mind a copy of his .bat file!!!).
Using SU.exe with a hidden file for the username/password parameter is a last resort option.

cheers
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dsrikumpCommented:
doh...go BlackMan!
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BlackManCommented:
Before deploying it, you need to do is to edit TIMESERV.INI so it works like you want it to...
Right here, I only have the BAT file that copies the files from our mainserver and install in on a server, but if you look at the Resource Kit, there is a utility to handle services on remote machines.. If you can find it, leave me a note and I'll dig it up when I'm home on monday..

Here's the BAT file:

copy \\AdmServer\setup\NTServer\TimeServ\Timeserv.exe c:\winnt\system32
copy \\AdmServer\setup\NTServer\TimeServ\Timeserv.dll c:\winnt\system32
copy \\AdmServer\setup\NTServer\TimeServ\Timeserv.ini c:\winnt
c:
cd\
cd winnt\system32
timeserv -automatic
net start timeserv
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
tombo,

Since this is a security related issue, the setting is probably stored in the SAM database.  And for good reason, I know of no way to edit this with registry settings.  I'd suggest either adjusting the policies or considering BlackMan's answer.
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