XP Client cannot join a domain due to time server problems

Posted on 2004-03-24
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I have a DNS w/ AD running at home. Each pc, including this XP client, is addressable by  other PCs on the network via ping. I can even surf to the web pages on the Win 2003 SBS (which is the DNS server). When I try to have the XP client join the domain, I get problems. Don't know where to start. I need to have authentication for security.

I currently have the XP PC set to use the domain, but when I try to login using the domain, I get the date time synch error. So in reading some of the articles, it appears I may need a timeserver. I think the one currently used by Xp is time.windows.com.

What does anyone suggest? Please keep in mind I may need specific directions on how to perform the steps you ask me.

In advance, thank you.
Question by:rathodr
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mattisflones earned 800 total points
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Hi rathodr,
Do this from the server net time \\computername /set /yes first, then try...

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You can also try creating a computer account for the machine before you join it..
I assume you can ping fine, and use network shares without any problems?

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jncash earned 800 total points
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another simple solution -- that solved the same problem for me -- check the date and time on on the machine -- that was the simple solution to my problem -- I had been messing around in the bios and inadvertently changed the year.  make sure the XP machine's date and time and the server's date and time match.  Good Luck
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Luck is what I need!

on the DNS server, did the net time \\servername /set /yes
--> the command was successful

on the XP client, in WORKGROUP mode, I went to control panel/date time snap-in/internet time
--> I set the timeserver to the servername above and clicked 'Update Now'
--> Update unsuccessful. There were no reasons provided why it was unsuccessful.
--> I used another non-existent name and clicked Update Now and the error message reported the server does not exist.

I can ping fine. I can even go to the web page on that server without any problems. I don't create any shares off of the server so I keep the connections clean. Besides, there is nothing I really want to share off of the server (files, directories, etc.) anyway -- so, I did not verify if the shares are an issue.

My thought is that if that sync works, then the date/time will match and then I can login using the proper credentials against AD.

What would cause the sync. to be unsuccessful in the date/time snap-in?
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I honestly don`t know.. I`ve experienced the same problem as you when joining a domain through VPN.. It did always fix itself upon the second try.. so i do not think this is the core of the isue, witch leads me to believe that the problem might be a winsock or netbios problem on the XP client...
Heres a winsockfix: http://members.shaw.ca/techcd/VB_Projects/
and something on XP-IP connectivity.. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;314067

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Ok, got it working. The solution consisted of two answers above. The first to set the timeserver. As I said before, it worked fine. The second solution was by jncash to check the date and time. When I did my preliminary setup in BIOS, I made the date time sync with my clock in the kitchen (its pretty accurate). But after I loaded XP, somehow the day shifted one day ahead. So, I didn't notice it right away since most of the articles I have been reading have been referring to checking the year. Well, the year and month are correct, only the day was wrong. I manually changed the day in WORKGROUP mode, went on to the Domain, and BAM, everything worked.

The credits should be shared on this one!

Thank you both for your responses.
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Glad we could be of assistance.. :-)

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great!! glad it worked -- an old saying:  "Computers don't do what we want them to do -- they do what we tell them to do" --

not my quote -- can't remember the author --

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