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Our building operates on UTC-6:05 so that our employees get a five minute headstart on leaving our parking lot when they go off-shift.  Otherwise they get caught unable to exit our parking lot because of the factory further down the street which has a shift change at the same time as ours.  It doesn't seem like five minutes should make that much of a difference but it does.

We have always dealt with it by having our wall clocks and time clocks set five minutes faster than the actual time.  Our computers all show the real time but everyone knows to add five minutes in their head.

Now we have replaced our time clocks and we have been unable to stop the new clocks from updating their clocks based on our network's time.

I believe it is possible to configure a custom time zone for our network but I have been unable to figure out how to do it.  I would like confirmation this is possible and, if so, some tips on where to find the appropriate information on how to do it.  

Note:  if it makes any difference in your answer our domain controller is Windows 2000.  We will be upgrading our server in the next six months or so but I need to solve this problem now.

Thanks.
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Check here:

http://subjectivecoder.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/creating-custom-windows-timezones.html

The author also mentions that Microsoft has a tool called TZEdit (Listed under Method 2 on this page): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/914387

Source for his command-line utility is posted here as well: https://github.com/Rophuine/TimeZoneInfoGenerator

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Thank you.  That was very helpful.  It jogged my memory....I already had TZEdit on my server.  I had used it several years ago when Microsoft released it to deal with the DST rule changes (when they added four more weeks to DST).  W2K Server SP4 was already closed to additional patches so they couldn't push it out as a patch and had to release a separate utility to make the changes.

I was able to create a new time zone for our building.  It didn't seem to have the desired effect but that may be because I didn't reboot the server.  Our production floor runs 24 x 6 so I can't reboot the server until this weekend.  I will do additional testing then.
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