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Posted on 2012-08-20
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We've got a DC that for some reason keeps resetting it's clock to 5 hours and 20 minutes behind all our other server in our domain.  If I use the w32tm /resync command it comes back to the rest of the domain but then about 20 minutes later it goes back to that old setting.  I've used the w32tm /query /peers command and it's pointing towards our PDC to get it's time (or looks like it anyway) but it's not staying in snyc with it.  I checked the registry and it's set to the NT5DS, but something keeps throwing the time off and I'm just about out out of ideas.  It's a VM running on a ESXi box but the server option to get the time from the host server isn't checked so I don't believe thats whats happening here.  And theres another VM running on this machine that isn't having this issue.
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Something to check. Make sure the Time on the ESXi Host is correct as well. I know you told the VM not to get the time from the host, but it's still a good thing to check. I typically set the ESXi Host to get time from a physical DC in the environment.

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Is there a way I can set it to get it's time from our PDC?
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The ESXi Host? Yes, you can set NTP to point to any IP Address you like.

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Well that appears to have solved the issue.  It's the next day and the clock on the server is in perfect sync with with the rest of the domain.  Odd though that it's pulling the time from the host server even though it's set not to.  Thanks a bunch!
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Setting the clock to get it's time from our PDC on the ESXi host server seems to have resolved the issue.  Almost 24 hours later and the clock on the virtual server is still in perfect sync with the rest of the domain where as before it would go back to being hours off after 15-20 minutes.
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