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Hi, I'm am pretty new to the domain environment. previously we had all of our workstations (about 40) in a massive workgroup. We recently purchased a dell power edge t310 with small business server 2008 and successfully migrated all of the workstations to our local domain but still have a few issues.The problems I am experiencing I think all have something to do with the w32time errors,dhcp warnings and incorrect clock times on many of our workstations. I have read 3 or 4 articles about how to correct the problem but I still have unanswered questions. From what I understand I need to set a group policy on the server for the workstations to get accurate time from the domain controller? is this correct? I have never started a group policy before. I'm sure its not to hard for a real IT person, but I am just a guy who understands computers and can look up answers on google. any help would be greatly appreciated... thanks!
 

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Also all but 4 of the workstations are windows xp pro the other 4 use 7pro (about 40 total) 8 of the work stations including the ones with windows 7 are in our secondary building with ip phones. These machines are connected to our domain via t1. I'm unsure if these machines have the same w32time errors as the newly joined machines in our primary building.
 

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There is no problems with the workstations running different versions of windows in this case. It sounds like you may have multiple issues, and you will certainly encounter more in the future. We could work each one out individually, but it would probably be better if you got a book on administering Active Directory and learned the theory behind what you are configuring. There are many such books available, and it would also act as a great reference guide for any problems you are having in the future.

To more directly answer your question, though:

Configuring the Windows Time Service

How to synchronize the time with the Windows Time service in Windows XP

These links will help with your time sync issues.
 

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Thanks I'll review these tomorrow at work. I suppose you are right about getting to know active directory. Do you have a book you recommend? Also am I right in assuming that the time problem is something I need to get fixed stat? an IT guy who helps us here and there warned me about making changes to active directory without using wizards since we use the sbs console. Is that accurate?
 

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this it the error I am getting all around the building...."The time provider NtpClient is configured to acquire time from one or more time sources, however none of the sources are currently accessible. No attempt to contact a source will be made for 15 minutes. NtpClient has no source of accurate time." the article's you provided do did not help me solve this problem, nore does it explain why some of the clocks are an hour behind.
 

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This is the warning I receive on my domain controller event log

"Time Provider NtpClient: No valid response has been received from manually configured peer time.windows.com,0x1 after 8 attempts to contact it. This peer will be discarded as a time source and NtpClient will attempt to discover a new peer with this DNS name. The error was: The peer is unreachable. "

none of the windows 7 computers have a problem. should I set the domain controller to get its time source from cmos? should I move this thread over to the networking section?
 

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hour behind indicates they don't have the daylight savings patch. They changed when daylight savings times change which is why you need the patch or just do it manually.

all pcs should be pointing to the server for ntp.
server should have internet access and be pointed to the microsoft time server.

Start at the server and get it configured properly. Then go to work on the workstations.

here is how you do the workstations
Using the NET TIME Command to Synchronize Windows XP Workstations
 

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Guess its time to start your IT training.
First lesson is how to web search. This is the most important lesson any IT person can learn.

How about you take part of your question "how to run a logon script" and plug it into Google to see where it takes you?
 

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Guess its time to start your IT training.
First lesson is how to web search. This is the most important lesson any IT person can learn.

How about you take part of your question "how to run a logon script" and plug it into Google to see where it takes you?
I hear ya, I spend half my day google searching but my problem is either a. my search topics are to broad or b. my searches leave me more confused. Google searches ultimately get the job done but being new to the domain environment I need to get facing the right direction so to speak so i know where to look for the solution.... i need a book i guess to help me get a more basic understanding about how the system works i guess
 
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