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Office XP Calendar

By BlitzSonik ·
We are currently experiencing an issue that seems to be intermittent.

SOME of our users experience a time difference when sending/receiving a calendar event to/from other users. We have found that on the receiving end, the Daylight Savings check box would not be checked but sometimes it is. We cannot pin point the root cause for this difference and obviously do not have the resources to check each individual users' settings.

Here are the specs:

Windows 2000 SP4 and XP SP1 Mix
Office XP STD SP3 (Upgraded from Offive 2000 Prm)
Exchange 2003 in a native 2003 Domain
Users have Power user rights to local machine

My objective is to find an alternative to checking every users' settings and at the same time, find out what caused this time difference. Any help would be much appreciated!

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by BFilmFan In reply to Office XP Calendar

Microsoft has an article that explains what causes this issue:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010565301033.aspx

And the root cause is your users!

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by BlitzSonik In reply to

Read that! I don't see how my issue correlates with this articles as my users do not use Outlook (locally) when they travel.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Office XP Calendar

You can prevent the users from setting their own times by setting this GPO setting in the domain or OU policy:

Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Local Policies/User Rights Assignment/Change the system time=Administrators.

Once you've isolated who is having different times on the messages, you can remote to their desktop and see what their system's time zone is...

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by BlitzSonik In reply to

Not exactly what I'm looking for. While this will prevent users from changing their time on the computer, I am looking for an alternative to manually checking over 200 workstations.

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by Walkerxp92 In reply to Office XP Calendar

in the log on batch file you set a script to sync the time with your DC it is

net time \\dcname /set /yes

this will sinc up the time with your server...

some of the pc's you will have to change the time settings to the right time zone and check the box that adjust for daylight savings... but this script will help hopefully..

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by BlitzSonik In reply to

I'll check that but I think we already have that (or something like it) in place.

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by BlitzSonik In reply to Office XP Calendar

What I am looking for is a way to programmatically check the settings on each machine to ensure that the setting are correct.

Please understand this: I have 200+ users to check and I don't have the time to check each one. Sending out a mass test calendar event is out of the question because each user would then have to accept and that would cause mass confusion with my users (not the most technically inclined).

I appreciate all your comments and hope to find a cure for this in the near future.

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