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troubleshooting Question

W32TM keep pointing to CMOS clock instead of the NTP servers assigned in registry after service is restarted

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Windows OSMicrosoft Legacy OSMicrosoft Server OS
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Hello Folks,

I manage a very time sensitive environment of 2008 R2, 2012 R2, standalone (as in not domained) physical servers which need to sync to internal GPS provided NTP servers.  However I am running into an issue where the servers are not referencing the data for the NTP servers even though the details are located in the W32TM registry location.  

I have tied the Windows Time service to the Network service so the Time service does not stop using sc triggerinfo w32time start/networkon stop/networkoff

Changed the following reg values
AnnounceFlags to 5

w32tm /configure /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:ntp.internal.server.com,0x1 /update
w32tm /resync /rediscover

Before running "net stop w32time && net start w32time"
C:\Users\admin>w32tm /query /status
Leap Indicator: 0(no warning)
Stratum: 3 (secondary reference - syncd by (S)NTP)
Precision: -6 (15.625ms per tick)
Root Delay: 0.0319977s
Root Dispersion: 7.8016621s
ReferenceId: 0x0A3C810E (source IP:
Last Successful Sync Time: 8/11/2014 10:52:54 PM
Source: ntp.internal.server.com,0x1
Poll Interval: 10 (1024s)

After running "net stop w32time && net start w32time"
C:\Users\admin>w32tm /query /status
Leap Indicator: 0(no warning)
Stratum: 1 (primary reference - syncd by radio clock)
Precision: -6 (15.625ms per tick)
Root Delay: 0.0000000s
Root Dispersion: 10.0000000s
ReferenceId: 0x4C4F434C (source name:  "LOCL")
Last Successful Sync Time: 8/11/2014 10:34:58 PM
Source: Local CMOS Clock
Poll Interval: 10 (1024s)

I feel like I am missing something here but I am not seeing what it is... PLEASE HELP!!
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