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I have a Windows Server 2003 Std machine that is losing time.  Actually, it seems like it may just jump to a time.  I worked on it yesterday and followed a MS paper that had me change settings in the registry.  It is set to update the time/date every 15 minutes from one of the gov time servers.  I watched it work all day yesterday and it was updating when I left work at 5 pm or so.  I left the machine running all night, looked at it this morning, and it had yesterday's date and 2:34 pm for the time.  Since it was the wrong date and more than an hour off, I had to manually change the time/date.  Right now it appears to be getting updates every 15 mins again.
I don't understand what could be happening.
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Check you NIC .. do you have power management enabled on it.. like does it go offline after a specific idle time?
 
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I don't have any power management enabled on th NIC.
I have two NICs and have tried both.
Something new....this morning the server seems to have lost 6 or 7 minutes within the 15 minute wait before the next update.
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Thanks - I already tried the last post on that thread.
That's where I learned to tweak the registry and get the time to update every 15 minutes.
I don't understand why/how the time could jump back to a previous time.
Yesterday, the time on the server was correct when I left around 5pm....this morning it had yesterday's date and a time of 2:34pm.
That boggles me.
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Do you see any errors pertaiing to this one the even logs ?
 
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All I see in the log is that it is syncing
I can see in the log that at 5:15pm is when it appears that the time jumped to 1:30pm - I'm guessing based on time stamps for the log entries.  I don't see any errors that would cause it.
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I found an event entry for the time sync - but I believe it is due to an attempted manualy sync that failed because the time was too far off.
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did you happen to see this .. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884776 - "How to configure the Windows Time service against a large time offset"
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Thanks for all your help.  The server stabilized with the time for about 3 days and then started losing time again.  It's not a production server, so I am rebuilding it.
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