TimeServ Uses 100% of System Resources

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SYMPTOMS
Between 5 and 6 P.M. eastern time on August 13, 1997, the TimeServservice may have begun consuming 100 percent of your system'sresources.
CAUSE
This problem appears to be caused by a change in the United StatesNaval Observatory's time server. At this time, the problem does notappear to be caused by an error in the TimeServ utility, or by amalicious attack.
WORKAROUND
Change the TimeServ.ini file to use a Simple Network Time ProtocolServer instead of a TCP/IP Server by using the following steps.

NOTE: These steps will not work correctly if you are behind a firewallthat passes TCP but not UDP (datagrams).

  1. Using the Services applet in the Control Panel, stop the TimeServ service.
  2. Open the \%SystemRoot%\TimeServ.ini using a simple text editor such as Notepad.
  3. Click Search, and then click Find. Search for the following line:
    TYPE=INTERNET
  4. Insert a semicolon (;) in front of the line TYPE=INTERNET if there is no semicolon present.
  5. Click Search, and then click Find. Search for the following line:
    TYPE=NTP
  6. If there is a semicolon in front of the line TYPE=NTP, delete it.
  7. Click Search, and then click Find. Search for the following line:
    NTPServer=
  8. Change the line to read as follows:
    NTPServer=tick.usno.navy.mil
    NOTE: You may also substitute another NTP server, such as tock.usno.navy.mil.
  9. Save your changes and close Notepad.
  10. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click Command Prompt.
  11. Type timeserv -update, press ENTER, and then close the Command Prompt window.
  12. Restart the TimeServ service.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft productslisted at the beginning of this article. We are researching thisproblem and will post new information here in the Microsoft KnowledgeBase as it becomes available.
MORE INFORMATION
Additional information about this problem and other known issues withthe Timeserv utility can be found at the following Web address:Please note that this site is not under the control of Microsoft andmay change without notice. For Microsoft's official statement regardingother servers, please see the following World Wide Web site:
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