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2008 PDC emulator external time source not working

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New PDC emulator will not recognize the NTP server in the registy.

I have ran the following:

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:10.99.2.2 /syncfromflags:manual (internal NTP server)

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:time.winodws.com /syncfromflags:manual

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:time.windows.com,0x1 /syncfromflags:manual

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:time.time-a.nist.gov,0x1 /syncfromflags:manual

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:time.time-a.nist.gov /syncfromflags:manual

I have tried both the manual registy changes and the fix it for me soultion at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816042

Here is what I get:

C:\Users\e82259>w32tm /query /status
Leap Indicator: 0(no warning)
Stratum: 2 (secondary reference - syncd by (S)NTP)
Precision: -6 (15.625ms per tick)
Root Delay: 0.0623926s
Root Dispersion: 0.0325489s
ReferenceId: 0x81060F1C (source IP:  129.6.15.28)
Last Successful Sync Time: 9/9/2010 10:23:48 AM
Source: time-a.nist.gov,0x8
Poll Interval: 8 (256s)

although it is syncing to an external source, I would like to control this.  Also it is flagging an alert in the best practices check list.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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By chance is this a Virtual Machine.
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Nope.  HP BL 460C
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What exactly is not working? It is syncing.
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by:rfhall121chc
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It syncs, but it is syncing to : time-a.nist.gov.

I am getting flags that the pdc is not configured correctly.  I would like it to recognize my configuration and stop flagging as not being configured incorrectly.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Well you want it to sync with your internal time server first?
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I would like to control the host it syncs from.  I would like it to sync with the internal server, but that does not work.  I would like to control the external server it syncs with, but that does not work.

It keeps syncing with what seems to be the default server, time-a.nist.gov

It keeps saying that the time service is not configured correctly.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Alright run the second Fix it.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816042

Go into the registry make sure your internal time source is listed first in the registry then add the rest.
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by:rfhall121chc
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Ran it.  It did not fix it.  (I actually ran it yesterday also)

I turned up logging and this is what shows up:

149635 16:09:32.1136348s - Association: (Local) 0.0.0.0:123 => 129.6.15.28:123 (Remote)

Server:  chsads3.intra.chs-mi.com
Address:  10.50.200.21

Name:    time-a.nist.gov
Address:  129.6.15.28
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This is so embarising, and I would like to blame the guy before me, but I probably set this up years ago.  There is a policy that is taking precident over the registry settings.  I did not remember making this policy, I only remember setting the registry keys when we upgraded to 2003 5 years ago.  I am going to walk that policy off and the keys again.
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Just had to post it out here to figure it out.  Thanks for looking.
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Glad it is working. I was going for the group policy next
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