Topic Last Modified: 2005-11-17

The Microsoft® Exchange Server Analyzer Tool queries the Win32_UTCTime Microsoft Windows® Management Instrumentation (WMI) class to determine the date and time on each Active Directory Connector (ADC) server. The Exchange Server Analyzer also retrieves the current date and time on the default domain controller. If the Exchange Server Analyzer determines that there is a difference of five minutes or more between the two servers, an error is displayed.

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server™ 2003 use the Windows Time service to synchronize the date and time of computers that are running on a Windows-based network. Synchronized time is critical in Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 because the default authentication protocol uses workstation time as part of the authentication ticket generation process. MIT Kerberos version 5 is the default authentication protocol.

For all Windows servers in an Active Directory® directory service domain, the Windows Time service configures itself automatically by using the Windows Time service that is available on domain controllers. The Windows Time service configures a domain controller in its domain as a reliable time source and synchronizes itself periodically with this source.

To correct this error, synchronize the clock on the ADC server with the directory server.

To synchronize the clock on a server in a Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003 domain
  1. Open a command prompt.

  2. Type w32tm /resync, and then press ENTER.

If this error persists or if many computers in your organization are generating this error, review how the Windows Time service has been deployed and configured in your Active Directory forest. For more information about the Windows Time service, see "Windows Time Service Technical Reference" (