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The computer did not resync because no time data was available

January 27, 2015

Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller with PDC emulator role. Trying to get it to sync with an external time source.

I added the time source with the following command:

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:10.10.10.10,0×1 /syncfromflags:manual /reliable:yes /update

When I tried to sync using the command

w32tm /resync

It gave this result:

The computer did not resync because no time data was available

 

Checking the event log I found this:

Event ID 12:

Event Type:        Warning

Event Source:        W32Time

Event Category:        None

Event ID:        12

Date:

Time:

User:                N/A

Computer:        COMPUTERNAME

Description:

Time Provider NtpClient: This machine is configured to use the domain hierarchy to determine its time source, but it is the PDC emulator for the domain at the root of the forest, so there is no machine above it in the domain hierarchy to use as a time source. It is recommended that you either configure a reliable time service in the root domain, or manually configure the PDC to synchronize with an external time source. Otherwise, this machine will function as the authoritative time source in the domain hierarchy. If an external time source is not configured or used for this computer, you may choose to disable the NtpClient.

 

The problem was that I had used 0x1 to set up the time source. Should have used 0x8

Ran this command:

 

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:10.10.10.10,0x8 /syncfromflags:manual /reliable:yes /update

 

Worked fine.

 

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