Symptom: When logging into a computer that
is on a domain, or if you try to access a computer that is on a domain, you
get one of the following error messages:
There is a time difference between the client and server.
Causes: The clock on the machine that you
are trying to log into is reporting a different time from what the domain
Solution: You need to synchronize your
clocks. For the following examples, replace %DOMAIN% with your domain
name and %WORKSTATION% with the name of any computer on the domain.
%USERNAME% refers to your network logon user id.
- Log in as a local administrator. If you don't have access to a local
administrator account, you can try the following:
- Unplug the network cable and try to login as you normally would. The
client likely has your credentials cached.
- You can download the Offline
NT Password & Registry Editor floppy or CD image and use it to
blank the admin password.
- Obtain a command shell with one of these methods:
- Start → Run → command
- Start → Run → cmd
- Sync the time with this command: net time /domain:%DOMAIN% /set
- If that does not work, open a remote computer by start
- Log in with the username %DOMAIN%\%USERNAME% and your domain password.
- Go back to the command prompt and type in net time \\%WORKSTATION%
- Type in exit to leave the command shell.
- At this point, your time will be synchronized with the domain. Log out
and try to log into the domain normall again.
- Microsoft Knowledge
Base article that uses "net time" to fix the problem.
Help and Support page that illustrates how to use regedit to fix a very