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Win2K Server and Clock issues

By brian ·
Greetings,
I recently had to set the time on a win2k server. I did this throught the regular clock in Windows by double-clicking on the time in the systray. It is running Active Directory Services. After resetting the clock (back an hour), upon trying to launch the Users and Computers MMC applet, I got a message saying the the domain could not be contacted because the server and client clocks were out of sync. Please contact your administrator (or something similar). Win2K obviously didn't correct for the daylight savings time change. I eventually rebooted the server, verified the settings in CMOS were correct (which they were) and when it came back up, everything was fine. My question is, do I have to do this every time I need to change the time (reboot the server)? Was there another place within Win2K where I needed to set the time? Did I miss something?


Thanks,
Brian

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by felipe In reply to Win2K Server and Clock is ...

Win2k does change the time correctly. I can vouch.
Control panel, Date/Time properties setting, select time zone and checkbox the "Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes". PDC and BDC will synchronize just fine, but make sure your you checkbox to automatically change.
Good Luck.

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by jrubinstein In reply to Win2K Server and Clock is ...

This is not exactly an answer but you might want to check the event log for "W32k time" or something similar.

If the machine you were working on was the root domain controller Microsoft think it should go out the the internet to check what timeit is out there.

If the machine was not the root domain controller, it may have been picking up its time from the machine that is, it may then have picked up the right time when rebooted.

Best wishes

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by EastExpert In reply to Win2K Server and Clock is ...

Brian,

Windows 2000 is different from Windows NT 4 in that the time synchronization is built into the system (unlike in NT4) and doesn't require an additional service - it runs from services.exe, and can be controlled from Services console, it isreferred to as "Windows Time".

Windows 2000 needs the computers to be time-sync'ed since it uses new Kerberos authentication protocol - above a certain time difference Kerberos doesn't work. -- hence we need synchronized domains.

That's why your servers refused to talk -
they became out of sync after you manually desynced one of it.

There is NO other place in Windows 2000 to change the time except double-clicking the little clock in system tray (=Control Panel/Date and Time).

You definitely didn't need to touch your time at all. Just keep "Automatically Adjust clock for Daylight saving changes" ALWAYS ON as it is by default. There in fact are very few cases you might want to turn it off. All my ISP servers dutifully marched forward and backward one hour in March and October, under NT as well as under 2000, in sync. (I always kept my domain time-synchronized, but had to do it manually via w32time add-on service under NT4, and now I don't have to worry - built-in timesync does that for us).

Read http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q224/7/99.ASP for info on "Basic Operation of Windows 2000 Time Service".

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