Recently I was working on a windows 2008 Domain controller, where everything was looking fine even the DCdiag was clean. There were some intermittent DNS not working issues reported for which I was digging around. Thats when I saw that the clock was off by 3 mins or so, though that shouldn’t cause any issue as permissible limit with Kerberos is 5 mins but still I decided to fix that.

We executed the following command to force sync the time but got the following error

w32tm /resync /rediscover

The computer did not resync because no time data was available

We also found the following events logged on the server

Event ID 12 Logged in Event Viewer

Event ID 12 Logged in Event Viewer

Event ID 144 The time service has stopped advertising as good time source

Event ID 144 The time service has stopped advertising as good time source

We check the registry for external time source under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters\ NTPServer and found it pointing toward time.windows.com.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeParameters

Windows time registry keys

Through when we tried querying the time source using cmdline switch

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