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W2K Server to use external time server

By KingOfTheNerds ·
I have a windows 2000 Server which is a primary domain controller for my network. Currently all pcs connected to the server get the time that the server has.
Unfortunately the server is not setup to sychronise to any external server.
Can someone please help me to setup my W2K Server to connect to an external time server so that its clock is never wrong.
I am in NSW Australia, so Sydney would be the correct time for me. If someone can help setup my W2K server to connect to a syndey time server i would award all points.

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by BFilmFan In reply to W2K Server to use externa ...

This command has to be run on the PDC emulator for the Active Directory forest and not from a child domain or other domain controller in the root forest domain.

Were you setting it on the PDC Emulator for the forest? If not, this would explain why it didn't work.

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by CG IT In reply to W2K Server to use externa ...

Time service is installed and runs automatically by default for W2k/XP and and W2k W2003 servers. This is because time syncing between computers on a network is a necessary component of networking.

To change the default installation of Windows Time, you must first stop the time service. Set the time service to point to an authoritative time server, then restart the service. If you try to change time service to another time server without stopping the service, the changes will not take effect.

Bottom line is that w32time runs as a service and by default is started when the computer starts. Like any service, to change it you must first stop the service, make the change then restart the service for the changes to take effect.

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to check, I usually visit this link http://nist.time.gov/ and click on the area I'm in. It displays the current time for the time zone I'm in. I then look at the time I have in the sys tray. Most of the time I'm off by 30 seconds. If I'm off by 5 minutes, I check the event logs to see if there is a problem showing up. My external firewall sometimes drops inbound time server packets for some reason. Haven't figured out why. Sometime the time server doesn't respond due to heavy traffic. NIST recommends that you find a secondary time service to use as the primary ones get heavy traffic [more and more are syncing with them with the automatic time service built into Windows XP that syncs with either microsofts time server or NIST.

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by CG IT In reply to

What I've done is configure a GC DC on my network as an authoritative time service for clients. I then set that GC DC to get its time from NIST. If they get real busy and I've got a bunch of waring events, I'll switch external time servers.

If your comuters on your LAN are off by a significant amount of time, you have adjusted that time and they go back to being off by a significant amount, you might have a server on the LAN that is authoritative for the LAN and its time is off and not configured to obtain correct time from an external authoritative time server or someone did not configure the time service correctly.

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by CG IT In reply to

What I've done is configure a GC DC on my network as an authoritative time service for clients. I then set that GC DC to get its time from NIST. If they get real busy and I've got a bunch of waring events, I'll switch external time servers.

If your comuters on your LAN are off by a significant amount of time, you have adjusted that time and they go back to being off by a significant amount, you might have a server on the LAN that is authoritative for the LAN and its time is off and not configured to obtain correct time from an external authoritative time server or someone did not configure the time service correctly.

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by CG IT In reply to

remember, you have to pick a time server that is in you time zone. If you pick a GMT time server to sync with, your gonna get GMT time.

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