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I have an SBS 2003 server where the time is off by 4 minutes. I can change the time but it eventually goes back. I did everything in the article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816042/en-us. I even tried the "fix me" option

I have verifed the settings many times. Currently my ntpserver in the registry is time.windows.com,0x1. I have tried others.

When I run w32tm /resync I get "The computer did not resync because no time data was available."

I verifed that there are no settings in group policy overiding my registry settings

I am spending hours over a clock that is 4 mintues off.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Save yourself the headaches and download the software that I use (Automachron):

http://www.brothersoft.com/automachron-5937.html

Simple to install and it works really simply.
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Sounded like a great idea. I installed the program and it still is not updating. I have tried various time servers. This made me think it is a firewall issue.

I checked the firewall and it should not be blocking time servers. I did create a new rule to make sure ntp is allowed out. I noticed another rule for time. I suspect the techs before me knew of this problem and also tried creating a firewall rule.

I have tried time servers by name and IP address
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Are you allowing UDP port 123 in and out?
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by:ajdratch
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I'm allowing it out. Do I need to allow it inbound also?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Yes - you need to be able to receive the information not just send it.
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I exported the registry key settings for time from another SBS 2003 server and imported it into this one and it is working now
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exporting registry from another server fixed the problem
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