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member server connected to AD but requires a different time zone to the DCs

Posted on 2011-03-03
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We currently have a domain with 3 domain controllers all in the same timezone.  All the servers attached to this domain as on the same timezone as the DCs.  However we need to join a server to this domain but this server needs to be on a different timezone.  What is the best way of achieving this?  The server that needs to be connected to the domain is a terminal server and it will need to get the user cals from the DC which is on a different timezone.
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by:aoakeley
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There should be no issue in simply changing the timezone in the regional settings on the member server.

If you just change the time only on the server Authentication with the DC will fail, but changing the timezone in regional settings ensures that this will all work.
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by:showbizint
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Unfortunately i need to change the time as well, 3 hours behind.  We have an application which grabs the server time.  Does this mean a new domain for this new timezone?  Will AD sites & services help if i add a new site?
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by:aoakeley
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The time will show correct for the timezone the server is in. Just don't change the time without also changing the timezone.

New site not needed unless different sybnet
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just to clarify, if my whole domain is in US time zone and the server that i need to add is in India time zone, I can still add it to the domain and there will not be any logon issues due to timezone being different?  So on the server i just change it to India timezone and also change the time?  So users in the US will be able to rdp into the terminal server with the India timezone and India time.
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Yes that is correct. That is the whole point of having timezones. Although the timezone is diffferent and thus the time on the server is different the UTC/GMT time is the same.

This may also be of interest to you:
There is also a setting in Terminal Server that will replicate the users local time to the Terminal Server Session regardless of the timezone that the server is in. With this seting you could have the server in US time (as that is actually where it is) and users in india, france, and australia, all logging into it and getting the timezone according to the timezone the user has set on their local PC
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc783386%28WS.10%29.aspx 
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