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KnowledgeBase: Event ID 46 and 7023 logged during startup of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012

Last week, Microsoft introduced a new Active Directory-related KnowledgeBase article, titled Event ID 46 and 7023 logged during startup of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. This article relates to the Windows Time (W32Time) service and the Netlogon (netlogon) service and their startup sequence.

The situation

On Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012-based Domain Controllers, after a reboot, you encounter the following two error events in the System log:

Log Name: System Source: Microsoft-Windows-Time-Service Event ID: 46 Level: Error User: LOCAL SERVICE Description: The time service encountered an error and was forced to shut down. The error was: 0x80070005 0x80070700: Access is denied

Log Name: System Source: Service Control Manager Event ID: 7023 Level: Error User: Computer Description: The Windows Time service terminated with the following error: An attempt was made to logon, but the network logon service was not started.

The cause

This can occur if the Netlogon (netlogon) service is not explicitly started before the Windows Time (W32Time) service is started. In both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012, the Windows Time (W32Time) service is not marked as a dependency for the Netlogon (netlogon) service.

The resolution

You can safely ignore these errors, as the Windows Time (W32Time) service will attempt to start again if it does not start the first time.

Related KnowledgeBase articles

Event ID 46 and 7023 logged during startup of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012

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