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    DCDiag "Server is not advertising as a time server"

    I've been fixing various issues with our Active Directory and DNS for the last couple of days, and one that keeps popping up warnings is the message "Warning: Server is not advertising as a time server." in dcdiag.

    Our 'primary' AD server is the time server, and this works, but the other 3 servers (yes, we have 4 at the moment - but we'll only have 2 by the end of summer as the 2 older ones are retired) give the message above.

    I'm somewhat at a loss as to how to tell the machines to:

    a) simply use the primary server as the authoritative time server
    b) stop them complaining

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    is it set in the DHCP as the time server?

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    Is the Windows Time service started on all DCs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    is it set in the DHCP as the time server?
    It wasn't, no, but as far as I know it doesn't need to be. Not to mention, the DCs are all using static addresses so wouldn't be getting options from DHCP anyway.

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    Is the Windows Time service started on all DCs?
    Yes.

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    OK then the "two older ones" may be the clue here. Are you replaceing your forest root server? Time Master is a FSMO role. Your old may not have let go yet. You'll need to re-establish the Time Master role using the w32tm command. This may help Time configuration in a Windows Domain - MWeber's Blog.

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    I've not started replacing anything yet. I've just added a couple of extra DCs. Nothing has been disabled or removed. I don't want to remove anything yet - this'll happen in summer.

    All I want is simply get the 3 non-PDC emulating servers to not complain about not advertising time services. The domain/forest root is still up, running and happy.

    I've tried this command on one of the non-PDC emulator servers:

    Code:
    - to reconfigure the previous PDC Emulator, in case of transferring/seizing the FSMO to another Domain Controller, run:w32tm /config /syncfromflags:domhier /reliable:no /update
    After that you have to run: 
    net stop w32time 
    net start w32time


    It doesn't make any difference. I still get the warning.

    I've also tried resetting the w32time service entirely per:

    Code:
    net stop w32timew32tm /unregister
    w32tm /register
    net start w32time


    No joy.
    Last edited by localzuk; 11th June 2013 at 02:24 PM.

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