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Time Synchronization between Server & Workstations

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I got an error recently while accessing and copying files over a network share. In effect, it said that the time was not synchronized between the DNS server and the workstation. I checked the workstations and the server clocks and they differed by 2 or 3 minutes.

Is there supposed to be a service running in SBS that checks the time against an internet clock and then sets the workstations accordingly?

Thanks in advance.
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by:dhoustonie
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How to synchronize the time with the Windows Time service in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307897&sd=tech

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David
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When I run the resync command in XP it tells responds:

"The computer did not resync because no time date was available."
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More on the w32tm command
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/time_w32tm.mspx?mfr=true

Goto command prompt

type: net time /domain:YourDomainName /Set


If this is OK then run this from the command line:
W32TM /monitor

to ensure that each member server/workstation is actually pointing to a DC.

If this is OK then run this from the command line:
W32TM /resync /rediscover

followed by:
W32TM /resync /nowait

and check the system eventlog for W32TIME errors. This process does a full reset and recheck of the time system as it relates to one member machine on your AD.


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Also, ensure that the service Windows Time is running.

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by:ArkAdmin
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Thanks.

net time command works properly and sets local time to match domain time

the monitor command reports 0ms delay on ICMP and that no server is listening on the NTP port

no time data available for resync
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Can you check to see if the Windows Time service is running on the Server?

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Interesting, the service is disabled.
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Set the service to automatic and start it and you should be sorted.

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