When you join your Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003, to an Active Directory domain, the client may not synchronize its time with the domain time source.

This behavior will occur if the client is NOT configured to synchronize with an Internet time server when you connect it to an Active Directory domain.

To workaround this issue, configure the client to synchronize with an Internet time server before you join the Active Directory domain:

1. Start / Run / TimeDate.cpl / OK.

2. Select the Internet Time tab.

3. Check the Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server box.

4. Press OK.

NOTE: For additional information, see the following tips:

How do I configure the Windows Time service on the Windows Server 2003 forest root PDC emulator?

How do I configure an authoritative time server in Windows 2000?

How do I make my PDC emulator an authoritative time server for my domain without it synchronizing with a reliable time source?