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TOPIC: how do i configure an internal hardware clock for my pdc

how do i configure an internal hardware clock for my pdc 13 years 11 months ago #7707

I have a windows server 2000 domain and the clients keep getting disconnected after a while. I check the event viewer and i see an error tagged win32time

"this machine is a pdc of the domain at the root of the forest. configure to sync from external time source using the net command"

so i come to the conclusion that the solution since my domain is not connected to the internet will be configure the pdc to acquire its own internal clock from cmos but i do not know how. help!!!

Re: how do i configure an internal hardware clock for my pdc 13 years 11 months ago #7708

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Depending on what type of PC this is will depend on how to get into the CMOS, most common is during boot, right after the POST test start tapping the *DELETE* button, if this does not then let us know what typ of computer (ie: Dell, Compaq) or if its "home made" then advise what the motherboard is.

Also whaen you are with in Windows you can change the clock by "double clicking" on the time in the System Tray.

If after you do either step and your clock does not keep time then 1) the CMOS battery is not retaining a charge, replace it; 2) check for viruses, trojans etc...

Good Luck!
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Time 13 years 11 months ago #7721

Time synchronisation is crucial within a domain so that everything that is going on can be kept in sync. But as long as time is synchronised to some central point (i.e. your server) you should be okay even if that time drifts a little. So you might have one of two issues here:
1) Check whether the time on your server clock drifts badly during the course of a day. If it does, you need some sort of external clock. You can get hardware clocks or you could time sync from an internet time source
2) If your server clock doesn't drift then check whether your time service (think its w32tm or something similar) is running and properly configured on your server and clients. You can check on the clients by the command 'net time' which should report the time seen at your server if they are talking to eachother okay

Re: how do i configure an internal hardware clock for my pdc 13 years 11 months ago #7733

i do appreciate your reply. the problem is that at initial logon everything is okay, i can access the server using the "net time" command which as you said displays the time on the server. after a while i just can not get the command to work again, it keeps giving me this error code :

"access denied error 5"

any ideas?


Time sync 13 years 11 months ago #7750

Error 5 is an 'access' denied' message, so something wants to talk to something but isn't allowed. Have you set up the registy entries to configure the time service? These links might help:;en-us;216734

Also when running the time service does update the registry so check that remote registry access is not diasbled. Other than that, something wierd must be going on!

Any other suggestions? (Come on, world)
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