Cannot Change Time-Zone or Time on Windows XP Pro, Member of AD2003 Domain

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Windows XP Pro
Hello! I run an Active Directory 2003 domain controller that all of our employees use. We have one employee based on the West Coast whereas everyone else (and the domain controller) are on the East Coast. Whenever this employee tries to change the Time Zone to PST, it does nothing. They go to Date & Time in the Control Panel and select PST (GMT-8) as the time zone, Apply, then OK, but neither the time nor the time zone change at all. When trying to change just the time, it changes correctly, but as soon as they logoff/login or reboot, it is reset to EST. I have looked through the Group Policies and all users are set to have access to change the system time, but I cannot find anything about the time zone. Also, in the Windows event log on the user's PC, there is an entry for W32Time, Event ID 35, that says "The time service is now synchronizing the system time with the time source (it shows the Domain Controller address here)." I cannot figure out if there is a Group Policy that is causing this or if it is something on the user's PC or what. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!  - Russ

Software/Hardware used:
Windows XP Pro, Active Directory 2003

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There is no option for time zone within Group Policy. However you can use Group Policy to execute a login script which may include the command to change the time zone to Eastern.

Sample of the contents of a login script:

CONTROL.EXE TIMEDATE.CPL,,/Z Eastern Standard Time

If that is the case, create a copy of this script and change it to:

CONTROL.EXE TIMEDATE.CPL,,/Z Pacific Standard Time

Create a new GPO executing this login script to that user’s computer.

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    Hi Aguacer0, It looks like that has worked. Thank you for the help!
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