Internet time tab missing in server 2008

Just noticed that all the computer clocks on a network were 5 minutes out. Went to the server (Windows Server 2008 Standard), to check the internet time synchronisation only to find that the usual Internet time tab on the clock/date control panel was completely missing. I didn’t bother investigating exactly why this is, but found the following solution.

w32tm /config /syncfromflags:MANUAL /
w32tm /config /update

Obviously you can use your preferred time server instead of, but run these two commands and wait a few minutes, and you should see your clock correct itself. The process will show ‘time-service’ events in the system event log to confirm your changes.

11 thoughts on “Internet time tab missing in server 2008”

  1. “Internet time tab on the clock/date control panel was completely missing” Yep, know how that happened. The server joined the domain. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world or Microsoft. :p When any computer joins a domain, the Internet Time tab is removed. This will happen for ANY version of windows. The thought was that when the client logs on, the time will be sync’ed to the domain time server. But in the real world, I don’t see people logging off everyday. I’m still researching what registry switch setting makes this happen. I use Karen’s Time Sync for my server until I can reload the operating system.

  2. Brilliant solution – thanks very much. 2008 Server running 5 minutes slow was driving me crazy. Search for ntp help or Internet Time on server 2008, and the grand total of absolutely nothing is displayed 🙂

    I had changed the time manually on the server a week or so back, but I can only assume that the server was syncing back to another rogue time machine on the network as the server time reverted back to 5 minutes slow again!

  3. Thank you for this. This worked perfectly:

    “w32tm /config /syncfromflags:MANUAL /
    w32tm /config /update”

  4. thank you dear and cute friend! it worked perfect for my two servers.
    w32tm /config /syncfromflags:MANUAL /
    w32tm /config /update

  5. works well!
    Thank you very much.
    I’ll add this to my domain for terminal logon:
    net time \\ /set /y

  6. Worked very nicely for me. Easy to do. Other solutions were overcompliated. Thanks again.

  7. These commands worked a charm! Even better, create a .bat file of the two commands and use task scheduler to schedule it to run at least once a month.


    For good.

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