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I run a windows 2003 server (sbs) from home and yesterday we had an household power failure. When I rebooted the server all is fine except that the  clock periodiaclly resets itself to January 1 1999.. but the time element is being set to somethign specific... it happened at 11:30am (GMT) but the time was set to 18:15...

I've just checked the application event log and there are errors relatign to time (they've never been there before)

"Windows cannot find the machine account, The clocks on the client and server machines are skewed. ."

and

"Windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy objects. Check the event log for possible messages previously logged by the policy engine that describes the reason for this."

Any ideas whats going on?

At first I thought it was the PCs internal battery but if I switch it off and back on, its kept time... its only when its online that at specific times (not worked out what yet) the clock resets itself...

Brian
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A Windows 2003 based network requires that all machines in the network be synchronized to within a few minutes of eachother.  If your clock periodically resets itself then you need to replace the CMOS battery on your motherboard (you'll see a small watch-type battery on the board.  It's rare that these batteries run out, but it does happen.  Or it may just be loose.

Then, to be sure that your time service is configured properly please review these articles:

If you have SBS Premium with ISA Server: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/887355
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For both Standard or Premium:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816042/

If you want to know how all of this stuff works:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/71e76587-28f4-4272-a3d7-7f44ca50c0181033.mspx?mfr=true

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this machine is  basically stand alone so that I can host a couple of weather related websites and email I have via a broadband router, I have no PC connections into the server.
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its just changed the clock again... it appears to happen at half-past specific hours... and its set it to 1 Jan 1999 22:15 ... I just find it rather odd how its happens at a specific time and sets it to a specific time for it to be CMOS battery related!
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Okay, whether or not you have any PC's attached you still need to make sure that the server is accessing a proper NNTP server to get the proper time through the Internet.  

And that behavior of resetting to 1 Jan 1999 22:15 is exactly what would happen if your battery was running low.  That's the signal to get a new one.

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I would have thoguht the clock be reset to Jan 1 1999 00:00 every time, hence I found it confusing how it manages to set a time which is always x-hours different to the current time.
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it's just weak, not dead.
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"make sure that the server is accessing a proper NNTP server to get the proper time through the Internet.  "

how would I do that?
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by following the link I provided you above http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816042/

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I'll follow up your leads. Many thanks for your input. I'll get that battery changed asap.
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