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Posted on 2007-03-27
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Time problem, network setup.  Current correct time - 11:00am
2 - w2k3 - AD/DNS ( AD2 and AD3)
1 - w2k2 - AD/DNS (AD1)

Ok, everyone is suppose to retrieve time from AD2.  Problem, everyone including workstations is setting AD3 as their time.  If I do a net time command it comes back AD3.  I do the command net time /setsntp:AD2  -- completes successful.  Net time - AD3 still.  However when you do net time AD3 it comes back with - current time at \\AD3 is 3/27/2007 10:00am
Local time at \\AD3 is 3/27/2007 11:00am

I can get this from any workstation or server I reset the sntp server to point o AD2 it keeps coming back, also the time is still wrong.  I have installed all w2k3/XP patches for the time change in daylight and followed the directions for the reg edit change for W2K server/workstation.   All the patches and regid worked.  

Only 1 server keeps reporting wrong which is AD3 and only a couple of workstations keep reverting back an hour and reporting wrong.

Any ideas on what to do and how to force time sync across the domain to one server.  Ideally I would like AD2 to be the time server.

thanks
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Check your servers and make sure they are patched - and make sure they are in the right time zone.  Also, time is automatically synced with the PDC Emulator - so if AD3 is the PDC Emulator, that's why it's coming from there.  Move the role to another server and then that other server will give out the time.
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Still working the issue.  I have not had a chance to move the PDC Emulator role yet.  

In a windows 2003 enviroment do you need to do anything about setting a time server or does it automatically sync time to each other?
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Update.  I have moved all the roles to the AD2 which is the W2k3 server and the one I want to have the roles.  However everyone keeps pointing to AD3 still.  I net time and it says AD3.  I net time /setsntp:AD2.
I net time again it says AD3.  I cannot get the servers away from pointing to AD3 for time.  Also it was AD1 who had all the roles, so AD3 never had any roles so I dont know why everyone decided to point to him.

how can i set everyone to point to AD2 for time and also what is the normal procedures for setting a windows time server in 2003 server?

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