W32Time issues on workstation in small SBS2003 domain

Posted on 2007-07-19
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am having a problem on a workstation with Time Sync.

Specifically, I am experiencing a W32Time event ID #29 - could not find a source to sync time with.  The computer is running Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 2.

The workstation is part of a domain run by an SBS 2003 server, I believe it is Service Pack 1.  Neither the server nor other workstations have any time issues at all.

I ran the following couple of commands from the prompt:
net time /setsntp:
and then
net time /set /yes
which resulted in an error which was "Could not locate a time server"

It's a small company, so the SBS server is the ONLY server (its the PDC) , and the workstation in question has no problem printing (ie: using the domain print server), file sharing (ie: browsing files on the server), etc...

Help !
Question by:pbissegger
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    Expert Comment

    You should not need to manually configure the XP machines - on a domain, by defualt they will sunc with the Domain Controller/SBS server.
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    Accepted Solution

    Instead of the commands you ran, run these on the SBS:

    w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:",0x8,0x8,0x8" /syncfromflags:MANUAL
    w32tm /config /update
    net stop w32time
    net start w32time
    w32tm /resync /nowait

    Then you can either rerun "w32tm /resync" on all of your workstations, or you can add the following line to your SBS_LOGIN_SCRIPT.bat file and it'll sync each workstation automatically at the next login:

    net time \\<servername> /set /y

    (replacing <servername> with your actual server's name)


    Author Comment

    Ok TechSoEasy, I did what you requested but it seems that my Time Service is not running.

    Here's what I did:

    w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:",0x8,0x8,0x8" /syncfromflags:MANUAL
       - RESULT: The command completed successfully
    w32tm /config /update
       - RESULT: The following error occurred. The service has not been started.  
    net start w32time
       - RESULT: The service cannot be restarted, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

    How can I start the service ?
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    Expert Comment

    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    sorry, I must have totally missed your response here... are you still having trouble with this?


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