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How to configure time on Windows 2008 R2

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We have three locations on two of them the time is off by 2 minutes which I understand is really not an issue.  The third is off by 25 minutes.  I went through the setting on our Main office and compared them to the one that is off by 25.  I used kb/816042 and verified the setting were the same.

After I did a while ago, the the servers were very close in time for weeks.  I was informed today that the one site is off by 25 minutes.

From all I've read over the years, a few minutes variance is to be expected.

So my question is what could be causing the one site to be off so much.  And is there a better way to set the time than the KB I used.
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by:Mike Kline
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Are any of these systems virtualized? If so, they could be getting time from the host and the host might not be syncing to an appropriate time source.
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by:J.R. Sitman
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Yes this is an Active Directory domain.

Yes the PDC is a Virtual DC.  How do I sync the Host to a good time source?
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by:Sarang Tinguria
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Thumb rule is PDC should sync to external time source and all other DC's should be in sync with PDC role holer

I have written an article on how to configure this using command prompt (Registry based configuration may confuse administrators)

Refer below article and let me know if you face anymore challenges or have any difficulties

Time Service Configuration
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/File_Servers/Active_Directory/A_10789-Time-Service-Configuration.html
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by:J.R. Sitman
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@sarang_tinguria when I get to your instruction w32tm /unregister, I get the error "Access is denied , <0x80070005>
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by:J.R. Sitman
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@sarang_timguria I was able to continue and use w32tm /register but now I'm stuck at net time /setsntp;.  See attached.  It states /setsntp have been depreciated.  How do I continue?
w32time.png
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by:J.R. Sitman
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@Mike Kline, I also tried your 2nd article.  when I get the "status" it states source is "local CMOS clock"

Now I concerned I've messed things up.  How do I make sure I didn't?
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by:Sarang Tinguria
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For your first comment make sure you are using elevated command prompt even if still gives access denied you skip to next step

for second comment as this is depriciated in 2008 you may ignore it

Make sure you are getting PDC Server hostname as output in w32tm /query /source if you run from Non PDC domain controller and pool.ntp.org if running from PDC role holder
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by:Sarang Tinguria
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Are these DC's physical or Virtual ..If virtual the Hyper V or VMWare

Time Service issues on Hyper V
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/11/19/time-synchronization-in-hyper-v.aspx

Time Service issues on VMWare
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1189
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by:J.R. Sitman
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It is a VM Hyper-V.  I'm reading the article now.
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by:J.R. Sitman
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I read and re-read the article on Hyper-V.  I added an external time source of 69.25.96.13, 216.171.124.36 and 64.147.116.229.  Ans when I run w32tm /resync /force they all fail stating "no time data was available.
When I run w32tm /query /source i get the results of "Source Local CMOS clock" which the article states is "bad"

What do I do now?
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by:Sarang Tinguria
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have you run below command to add registry on guest system
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\VMICTimeProvider /v Enabled /t reg_dword /d 0

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If not please do it
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by:J.R. Sitman
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yes
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by:J.R. Sitman
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The time on the server is holding to the correct time,   However, I'm still getting "Source Local CMOS clock"  from the VM PDC.  From what I've read, this is not correct.  

Still need advice on this.
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Still need advice on my last post. 39882573
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no solution found.  Please close
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