[ntp:questions] Issues with w32tm on AD network

Ryan Malayter malayter at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 13:02:39 UTC 2008

On Feb 22, 2:31 am, Martin Burnicki <martin.burni... at meinberg.de>

> Though it's normally preferable to run ntpd rather than w32time, there is a
> limitation if you run ntpd on a domain controller:
> The domain members (workstations) will stop detecting the domain controller
> automatically as their primary time source, so you'll have to configure the
> domain controller explicitely as times source on every client.

Configuraing all the clients takes about 30 seconds using Windows
Group Policies on any of your domain controllers. There is an
administrative template for the WIndows Time service, and you can
configure time sources, poslling intervals, and many other parameters
for w32time.

See: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/a0fcd250-e5f7-41b3-b0e8-240f8236e2101033.mspx?mfr=true

Say what you will about w32time's accuracy... it *is* extremely
managable in large windows networks.

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