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Net Time and Different Time Zones

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Hi,
My PDC Emulator (windows server 2003) is in California (subnet a). I have another DC (GC only) in Texas (different time zone). I'm having problems getting the time syncronized on the Texas subnet b.
Any suggestions handling Net Time between different time zones?
Thanks,
muffin
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by:Amnonm
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You need to update the servers with this
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928388 

and i don't know how your policy about updating the server with MS updates but it is also important
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Thanks for the input however, I'm a little hesitant to add that patch because it only speaks to Daylight Saving Time only and my concern is more so with how you handle Net Time when your PDC Emulator is in one time zone and you have machines in another that can't find a time source in the domain.
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by:Amnonm
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Do you get this error massage?
"PDC emulator cannot be contacted. Please verify that the PDC emulator and the network are both online and functioning properly."
like this one?
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by:Jeffrey
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Thanks for your reply, I do get that error.
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by:Delphineous Silverwing
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You are probably seeing w32time errors in your system logs, not only on the servers but also the workstations correct?

Event ID 24 - Time Provider NtpClient: No valid response has been received from domain controller...

Event ID 29 - The time provider NtpClient is configured to acquire time from one or more time sources, however none of the sources are currently accessible ...
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by:Jeffrey
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Thanks for your response. On my Win7 machine I'm getting Event ID 129 then a couple hours later Event ID 35. So, it can't find the time server then it does a while later, which is my PDC Emulator.
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by:Delphineous Silverwing
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Let's try some basic analytics - from a command prompt of the domain controller, type:

     w32tm /monitor

This will check the time of the system against all other domain controllers in the domain.
Now run the same command on the Windows 7 computer.  You should have similar results.

Now try the following command from the Windows 7 computer:

     w32tm /resync

What are your results?
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by:Delphineous Silverwing
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Check in your Domain level group policies for incorrect entries:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Windows Time Service > Time Providers
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Thanks everyone for your input, I can't believe that I didn't catch this, but the subnet was not correct, nor was the Time Zone right which caused many problems. Once it was corrected, everything started working as expected.
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