Win Server 2003 Time Sync problem

September 23, 2011 at 14:35:46
Specs: Windows XP
My Win Server 2003 locks out windows system time control and win32tm updates for users without admin privileges. Admin users do not have this problem. So it looks like a windows privilege problem. Is there anywhere in the registry where a key can be changed so at least the resync function won't be disturbed regardless of the user type?

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#1
September 23, 2011 at 15:48:13
Sounds like this server is a DC and as such all workstations should automatically get the correct time set when they connect.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307897

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September 25, 2011 at 14:19:26
No, we use a NTP server to a switch where all workstations get the time directly. They get the directon and resync through the WIN32TM fuction. Its just that the work stations can not resync windows time through windows XP without users having anything less than admin Privileges. We need to be able to resync the windows time for all users regarless of privileges.
Seems there should be a registry key to allow anyone to resync the windows time, but I can't find it.

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#3
September 26, 2011 at 08:31:59
You have misconfigured your time server setup. I have satallite/gps ntp server and my dcs point to it but the workstations point to the dc. Works flawlessly for many years.

It also appears to me that perhaps you have a GPO that is interfering with this. Should be only the local service/network service that sets the time.

"Allows the user to set the time for the internal clock of the computer.

Default setting: Administrators, Power Users, LocalService, and NetworkService on member servers and workstations. On domain controllers, it is assigned to Administrators, Server Operators, LocalService, and NetworkService."

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...

You should be able to go into the local security policy and set users to set the time but seriously you are misconfigured and the solution is the proper setup.

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