Dealing with W32 Time errors in SBS2003

Two things to note:


First, Dave points out that: there have been a number of posts for help with W32Time errors in SBS 2003.  It appears that two KBs on these issues were released this week.  The first one seems to directly address the problems I’ve seen posted (and seen on my server), and the second references a packet filter for NTP that is incorrectly created by the CEICW. Here are the links:

1. Time synchronization may not succeed when you try to synchronize with a non-Windows NTP server in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;875424

2. The server cannot synchronize with an external time source after you run  the Configure E-mail and Internet Connection Wizard on Windows Small Business Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;887355


Second, Les adds: do fix your NTP packet filter (#2 above). But even then, occasionally you’ll get time sync errors after a server restart. Save the following in a .bat file, put it in a convenient location, and execute it whenever you see time sync problems:


w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:time.windows.com,0x8 /syncfromflags:MANUAL
w32tm /config /update
net stop w32time
net start w32time
w32tm /resync /nowait


Les Connor [SBS Community Member]

2 thoughts on “Dealing with W32 Time errors in SBS2003

  1. I modified the above to;
    w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:”time.windows.com” /syncfromflags:manual
    w32tm /config /update
    net stop w32time
    net start w32time
    w32tm /resync /nowait

    …. and it worked great !

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