[ntp:questions] Re: Modifying the XP Registry for Authoritative Time Service--Doesn't Look Right
Fri Jan 14 01:00:37 UTC 2005
"W. Watson" <wolf_tracks at invalid.inv> wrote in message
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> m.marien wrote:
>> "Wayne Watson" <sierra_mtnview at earthlink.net> wrote in message
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>>>Win XP Pro.
>>>shows steps to
>>>modify the registry to use NTP as an external source. Step 3 asks that
>>>SpecialPolInterval be changed to TimeInSeconds. The current value is
>>>binary. I have a
>>>limited knowledge of the use of regedit, but this looks wrong.
>>>BTW, before attempting to modify the registry I exported it. I made a
>>>and decided to import the file. It looks like it did this successfully,
>>>but gave me a
>>>message at the end that said something like it could not restore all
>>>they were in use. Close to that wording. What's that about. I had no
>> Geez Wayne, you're all over the place in your quest for knowledge. You
>> actually don't have to modify the registry. Just issue the command:
>> C:>\net time /setsntp:fqdm
>> where fqdn is the fully qualified domain name of the ntp time server. I
>> think you can use any name, as long as your system can resolve it and it
>> points to a ntp server. This will set all the parameters for you. You
>> don't have to change it on XP unless you want to change it from the
>> default time.windows.com. All XP systems default to this time server
>> unless they are members of a domain. In that case they get the time from
>> a domain controller.
> Hi, M. Likewise! I've posted to two different MS groups without any
> response, so thought I'd try a group that has something to do with NTP.
> I've also posted to my favorite linux network group without any response.
> Got my knuckles gently rapped by Brad for the post here. :-) People in
> Linux have been pointing me to the registry change, since I've been unable
> to go through Linux on my local network to XP to NTP with any luck.
> That's very interesting. So as long as I'm connected to the internet on
> XP, my time synch will come from a NTP server designated in the net time
> command? That means, I hope, that if I attempt to time synch with
> redhat-config-date across my local network to XP it will use that NTP
> server too? Note that the RH command allows me specify 192.168.0.3, which
> is XP.
The XP system won't serve time unless you modify the registry. I guess that
is perhaps why they are pointing you in that direction. XP doesn't have NTP,
just a subset of NTP which most people call a broken NTP. You are much
better off, time wise and security wise, to have the Linux box sync with
several servers and serve time to the XP.
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