FW: Windows Update site

From: Josiah DeWitt (jdewitt_at_VENDARIA.COM)
Date: 05/13/03

  • Next message: Russ: "Re: Windows Update site"
    Date:         Tue, 13 May 2003 08:55:06 -0700

    > Another interesting note on the time issue, is that Windows Time
    > Service generally will not set the clock if off by more than 12 hours.
    > This could explain why WinXp can have the problem with time. Check
    > the system log for W32time error events. If found, manually set the
    > clock, restart the time service and run Windows Update.

    The 12 hour "no-set" zone is actually about 16:40 hours deviation from actual time. This is a general implementation guideline for the network time protocol daemon as specified in RFC1305. Your clock must be within 1000 seconds from the ntp server response or the daemon should exit reporting error.

    Excerpt from RFC1305:

    The basic NTP robustness model is that a host has no other means to
    verify time other than NTP itself. In some equipment a battery-backed
    clock/calendar is available for a sanity check. If such a device is
    available, it should be used only to confirm sanity of the timekeeping
    system, not as the source of system time. In the common assumption (not
    always justified) that the clock/calendar is more reliable, but less
    accurate, than the NTP synchronization subnet, the recommended approach
    at initialization is to set the Clock register as determined from the
    clock/calendar and the other registers, counters and flags as described
    above. On subsequent updates if the time offset is greater than a
    configuration parameter (e.g., 1000 seconds), then the update should be
    discarded and an error condition reported. Some implementations
    periodically record the contents of the Skew-Compensation register in
    stable storage such as a system file or NVRAM and retrieve this value at
    initialization. This can significantly reduce the time to converge to
    the nominal stability and accuracy regime.

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