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I currently have a remote jobsite that connects to our network using a VPN connection.  The issue I am having is that they are in a different time zone than the rest of the company.  there are only 5 users at this site and they travel back and forth from our headquarters and then back to the remote site.

Is there a way to have their systems change time zones on their local PC based on what site they are connected at?  Not sure if there is a DHCP scope option, or if I could use a GPO based on their AD site?

Thank you for any help or ideas.
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Question by:consig
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by:Paul MacDonald
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I'm not aware of a way to change time zone via DHCP or GPO, though I suppose you could write a script.  

My questions would be:
What harm is it causing, and
Why can't the users change the time zone on their laptops enroute between sites?
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Darius Ghassem earned 668 total points
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You could change the time zone through a GPO but you would need to export a registry key after making a the change on one system to get the correct time zone information you can then deploy a registry key through the GPO to the remote site
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by:JBond2010
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You can run this in your logon script:

Control.exe TIMEDATE.CPL,,/Z (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana

Alternatively:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL TIMEDATE.CPL,,/Z (GMT-08:00) Pacific
Time (US & Canada); Tijuana
Where '(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana' is the timezone to be
set.
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by:consig
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The user computers are locked down and they are unable to change it on their own.  Problem is their zone does not use daylight savings so they are an hour off with their appointments.

If I add the reg edit or the GPO, can I assign it just to run on a specific site in AD?  If I apply this will it revert back when they go back to headquarters or will I need a similar setting on the main GPO.

Wondering if it would just be easier to put a DC down there and have them default to that?
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by:Paul MacDonald
Paul MacDonald earned 668 total points
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Yes, you can assign a policy to the site.  Yes, you'd want one in the home site to change the time to local.  Putting a DC in the remote site would have the same effect.

I'm rather boggled these people not only rely on their laptops to tell time, but they can't figure out how to adjust for time differences and arrive on time for appointments.  It's no wonder you lock the laptops down.
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by:consig
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Most times you are protecting the users from themselves.

Thanks for all of the input.  I am thinking a local DC is the best option.

I am going to split points evenly (hope you don't mind) since all options would work.
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