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Windows Time - Conflicting DCs

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I am battling within my windows environment to set the correct time across all clients and servers. I believe that I have two conflicting domain controllers issuing the times to request.

On DC1 which is the PDC emulator it is set to receive its time from an external time source (Verizon NTP UK).

On DC2 it receives its time from the free-running system clock, this is the faulting server which lags 6 minutes behind.

I've been able to work this out by running w32tm /query /status on each domain controller.

From what I've seen most of the clients and servers are pulling its time from DC1 correctly apart from an odd few that pull from DC2. For Example on Server1, Its 6 minutes behind. I run "net time" and it returns "Current Time at \\dc1 is XX (correct time)" Yet it isn't according to the time in the task bar. To find out where it's really pulling the time from, I run w32tm /query /status on Server1 and it returns telling me its pulling time from DC2 - so no wonder its wrong!

Can anybody help me please to change DC2 to the right time and force a resync throughout the faulting servers?

We are running Windows server 2008.

Thank you
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