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Posted on 2008-10-06
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I have recently setup a new front end (Windows 2003 as a terminal server) and backend (SBS 2003) server.

When a client logs into TS, the clock is missing from the system tray in that session. Everything else is working well but I can't figure out how to get the clock back.

Any ideas?
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by:placebo69a
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There's a GPO setting: 
   User configuration - Administrative templates - Start Menu and Taskbar

   "Remove Clock from the system notification area"
but disabling this setting will not force the clock to display in the system tray, it will only allow users to enable the clock if they have access to the system tray on the Terminal Server. And in most situations, they haven't. To force the display of the clock in the taskbar, you will need to modify a setting in the registry. Start regedit and go to 

   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects2
You'll see a "Settings" value, which contains something like this: 

   28 00 00 00 ff ff ff ff 02 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 6d 00 00 00 20 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 03 00 00 00 05 00 00 00 04 00 00
The ninth pair of digits determines the Taskbar properties. Possible values are: 

   Always on top                                 = 0x02   
   Auto hide                                     = 0x01
   Show small icons in Start menu                = 0x04
   Hide clock                                    = 0x08
Combine the properties you want and set the byte. For example: 

   Always on top + Show small icons + Show clock = 06   
   Always on top + Show small icons + Hide clock = 0e
Note that the changes do not take effect immediately, you have to restart Explorer, or logoff and logon again to see the changes.        


If you want to set this for all users, you'll have to export the registry key into a .reg file and import it into the user profile in a logon script. Start the logon script in your GPO to make sure that it runs (and imports the registry file) before Explorer is started.Let me know if this helps. :)
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by:differduffer
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Thanks placebo69a, but I can't seem to find User configuration - Administrative templates - Start Menu and Taskbar. Can you direct me please?

I'm assuming this is on the SBS server?

Thanks
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sandypatel earned 2000 total points
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To enable the clock, perform the following steps:

1.    Right-click on the Taskbar and select Properties.
2.    Select the Show Clock check box.

you dont need to do any tricky things to show clock.

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by:differduffer
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Thanks for the prompt answer. Works perfectly.

Cheers
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