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Unable to Sync Time on W2K3 PDC

Posted on 2008-06-25
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I am having a problem getting my PDC to sync its time with an external time source such as time-a.nist.gov.

I have tried a number of things including unregistering and re-registering the w32tm service, and then entering the following:

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:time-a.nist.gov,0x1 /syncfromflags:MANUAL /reliable:YES
net stop w32time
net start w32time

w32tm /resync rediscover

After enting the above command I recieve the following response: "The computer did not resync because no time data was available. Additionally, in the system event log on the PDC I see event ID 12 : This machine is configured to use the domain hierarchy to determine its time source, but it is the PDC emulator for the domain at the root of the forest.. etc

Things I have checked already:
- port 123 is open
- using gpresult I verified the GPO being applied was NOT configured to use the 3 objects located in computer configuration >> administrative templates >> system >> windows time service
- Also tried time.windows.com as well as several other time sources
- I have also tried following the steps listed in the following Microsoft KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816042


Am I missing something obvious here? This is wracking my brain this should be simple!
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The time service is blocked by many firewalls.

This is how I like to synchronize time. I believe it offers the opportunity to synch to NIST.GOV as well.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Q_22799695.html
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