[ntp:questions] Win2k3 Server as NTP server?

Why Tea ytlim1 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 7 01:20:11 UTC 2009

On Dec 3, 9:56 pm, Martin Burnicki <martin.burni... at meinberg.de>
> Why Tea wrote:
> > Can Windows 2003 server be used as an NTP server
> > within an organization? The info from Wikipedia seems
> > to suggest NO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Time_Protocol).
> Hm, the Wikipedia article explicitely mentions that ntpd *can* be used under
> Windows:
> --- <quote from wikipedia> ---
> The reference implementation of NTP can be used on Microsoft Windows
> systems.
> --- </quote> ---
> There is no reason why ntpd should not work correcty on Windows Server 2003.
> > Did anybody have any experience with running an NTP
> > server on a Windows server? Please share your
> > experience. Thanks.
> IMO care must be taken if ntpd shall run on a domain controller. Some weeks
> ago I've tried to start a discussion about possible problems if ntpd
> replaces w32time. Unfortunately there've been only a few replies via the
> NTP questions mailing list which never made it to the news group, even
> though the questions mailing list should be gatewayed to the news group.
> So please see the questions mailing list archive for details:https://lists.ntp.org/pipermail/questions/2009-August/024061.html
> Martin
> --
> Martin Burnicki
> Meinberg Funkuhren
> Bad Pyrmont
> Germany

Hi Martin, thanks for the info and reference to your previous
post. David and Richard have also highlighted issues with
Windows clock tick resolution and performance under load.
We are dealing with some old legacy systems which
consist of many proprietary HW and a Windows 2003 server.
Instead of a proprietary embedded ntpd, we would like to
have an alternative in order to cut cost. It looks like putting
an off-the-shelf ntpd on Windows 2003 is a good option. BTW,
the Windows 2003 server is NOT a PDC. But the question is
if Windows 2003 is up to the task to provide the accuracy and
resolution required for an ntp server? Here are my specific

1) Has anybody used Windows 2003 as an ntp server and
    is happy/unhappy with it?

2) If I were to do a trial run of ntpd on Windows 2003, how do
    I measure its ntpd performance in order to make a

3) I've downloaded the Mienberg ntp package and installed
    it. How I judge it's performance?

Thanks for all suggestions/advice.

/Why Tea

More information about the questions mailing list