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Configure a client computer for automatic domain time synchronization

Updated: September 28, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

Some computers that are joined to a domain are configured to synchronize from a manual time source. Use the following procedure to configure a client computer that is currently synchronizing with a manually specified computer, to automatically synchronize time with the domain hierarchy.

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For more information about the w32tm command, type w32tm /? at a command prompt or see Windows Time Service Tools and Settings on the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=42984).

Administrative Credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer. To perform this procedure from a remote computer, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group.

To configure a client computer for automatic domain time synchronization

  1. Open a Command Prompt.

  2. Type the following command and then press ENTER:

    w32tm /config /syncfromflags:domhier /update

  3. Type the following command and then press ENTER:

    net stop w32time

  4. Type the following command and then press ENTER:

    net start w32time

To resolve this problem automatically, click the Fix this problem link. Then, click Run in the File Download dialog box.

Fix it

Fix this problem

ImportantImportant
This automated fix only applies to computers that are joined to a domain.

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This wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

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If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD so that you can run it on the computer that has the problem. If you do not want to use the automatic fix, you can do it yourself by performing the steps in the procedure above.

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