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Visual Basic (Microsoft) Versions 5/6 FAQ

Inter-Process Communication

What time is it on the server? by chiph
Posted: 2 Sep 01

This has come up a couple of times in the forum, and here is what I've come up with as possible solutions (some good, some cheezy)

1) Make a SQL call like: SELECT GETDATE() if the server has a database server on it.

2) Use Active Directory with Windows 2000 Server and Professional to syncronize the clocks on the two computers.

3) Download a time server client from somewhere like the US Naval Observatory (http://www.usno.navy.mil/).

4) Write a 1-byte file to a shared folder and then read that directory to see what time it was created.

And for those who like a challenge:

5) Write a DCOM component on the server that clients can call.

6) Write a COM+/MTS component on the server that clients can call.

7) Write a custom Winsock program to return the correct time in a format the client understands.

8) Write an ISAPI filter for IIS that will return the current time

Chip H.

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