[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

  • Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 281
  • Last Modified:

Can't get 2003 server to sync with external time server

I have a 2003 server that is currently the PDC in a network, so all of the clients pull their time from it.  Problem is, the server's clock falls behind about a minute a day - right now, it's six minutes behind.  I tried to configure GPO to use Microsoft's time server to update the time, but the server's clock is still behind.  I tried modifying the registry (per Microsoft KB 816042) to get the server to use an external time source, but the time still lagged behind.  Finally, I tried running "net time /setsntp:time.apple.com" and restarting the time service, but the time is still behind.  Does anyone have any possible solutions to this problem?

Thanks in advance!
  • 2
1 Solution
Make sure the server does not already sync it's time somehow with maybe another clock that is off.
This can be the case if the server is a VM and has VM tools installed that sync time with the host or something like that.

Or maybe w32tm does help you.
MasterComputingAuthor Commented:
Found the problem - the firewall was blocking NTP transmissions.  Since I have allowed that through the firewall, I have no problems setting my clocks with an external time server.
MasterComputingAuthor Commented:
Found the solution myself combing through the firewall config one day.

Featured Post

[Webinar] Cloud and Mobile-First Strategy

Maybe you’ve fully adopted the cloud since the beginning. Or maybe you started with on-prem resources but are pursuing a “cloud and mobile first” strategy. Getting to that end state has its challenges. Discover how to build out a 100% cloud and mobile IT strategy in this webinar.

  • 2
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now