This error mean that the computer can't contact the configured Network Time Protocol(NTP) source. From a cmd prompt run
to see what the NTP source is. You can run
net time /setsntp IPADDRESS
to configure a new net time provider, or uncheck "Automatically update time..." in the Date/Time properties to prevent the system from attempting to syncronize it's time with external source.
This error is logged when the server is started. When the W32Time service is trying to communicate with an external time source (time.microsoft.com or another one), DNS is not fully started and cannot resolve the name into an IP address. To solve this, make W32Time dependent on DNS:
1. open regedit
2. go to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time
3. add a Multi-String value (REG_MULTI_SZ) named DependOnService
4. edit the value and put DNS in it.
- Error message: "No such service is known. The service cannot be found in the specified name space", error code: 0x8007277C - This event is seen if the Log On for the Windows Time Service is changed from Local System Account to NT AUTHORITY\LocalService. The path to execute the service should be “C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs” instead of “C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService”. To resolve this problem, open Services.msc from the Control Panel, double click Windows Time -> click on Log On. In the “Log on as” select Local System Account and make sure Allow service to interact with desktop in un-checked. Reboot the server and this error should disappear.
for information about this event.
I have seen this on a Windows 2003 server that is set both as the domains DNS server and NTP server.
This occurs on reboot, and then suceeds on the 15 min retry, looking at the logs it looks like the the NTP service attempts to resolve the DNS name to IP for the NTP external Server before DNS has fully loaded.
This may occur on a Windows XP machine when there is no Internet connectivity. The system tries to resolve the name of the time server but it fails.