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Time resets on Windows 2003 server

May 14, 2011 at 02:18:45
Specs: Windows Server 2003

We had a situation where the time on a Windows 2003 server was getting set back spontaneously. We discounted the possibility of another computer on the network acting as a time master and causing this to happen. We noticed that the CMOS battery was low (but not dead) and replaced it with a fresh one. We have not seen the problem since, though we haven't run in this state long enough to be confident that the problem is fixed.

What was particularly peculiar about the problem is that it happened once per hour. Could a failing CMOS battery be causing this or related kinds of behavior?

Thanks.
Manish


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May 14, 2011 at 21:23:26

If that was the default timesource maybe though doubtful.
Cmos is good with no battery as long as power is applied to the system.

You should be using a known good time source.

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