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I am working on a Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit virtual server hosted at GoDaddy.

Whenever I change the time zone to Amman (UTC +2:00), and wait around 1 minute, a message appears in the clock fly-away indicating that the timezone is not recognized. And the time gets reset to its original value before changing the time zone.

Message: Your current time zone is not recognized. Please select a valid time zone using the link below.

Screen shot:

I tried restarting the machine after changing the time zone but the message did not go away.

I tried other time zones (e.g. Pacific Time UTC-8:00) and the same thing happens.

Any suggestions?

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Are you changing it as an Administrator and is the machine in a domain? – Chopper3 Apr 24 '11 at 8:17
Yes, I am using an Administrator account and the machine is not joined to a domain. – marzouka Apr 24 '11 at 10:18

I have found a the answer from godaddy's support forum here:

All the VPSs automatically synchronize their time with the parent server. Changing the timezone is not allowed on the VPS level.

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It's Microsoft who don't have a better idea other than resetting time zone every time virtual machine boots. – deerchao Sep 29 '11 at 8:52

If this is a XenServer hosted virtual server, then try this:

  • Enable the following Citrix Policy: Citrix Presentation Server Console -> User Workspace -> Time Zones -> Do not use Client’s local time
  • And manually set a proper Time Zone via the Change date and time settings… GUI


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I don't think it is hosted on XenServer because I don't see the Citrix Console anywhere. – marzouka Apr 24 '11 at 10:19

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