[ntp:questions] Re: How to determine Stratum?

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSW.Invalid
Tue Mar 21 14:06:28 UTC 2006

On 20 Mar 2006 15:43:54 -0800 in comp.protocols.time.ntp, "Brad"
<bradhambleton at gmail.com> wrote:

>I am experiencing an odd situation on a Windows 2000 AD domain.
>I have two sites. The PDC emulator is in site 1 which is configured as
>the domain's NTP server. However, each member server in both sites is
>pointing to a DC in site 2 for its time information. Have tried
>everything to resolve, all with no avail.
>I want both sites to point to the PDC emulator in site 1 for ntp.
>Is there a way to determine and set the stratum value of a server? This
>seems to be the culprit to my time synching issues.
>According to KB 216734, the following is how Windows servers acquire
>By default, Windows-based computers use the following hierarchy:
>· All client desktop computers nominate the authenticating domain
>controller as their in-bound time partner.
>· All member servers follow the same process as client desktop
>· Domain controllers may nominate the primary domain controller (PDC)
>operations master as their in-bound time partner but may use a parent
>domain controller based on stratum numbering.
>· All PDC operations masters follow the hierarchy of domains in the
>selection of their in-bound time partner.
>Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Check the MS KB for your platform:
It appears to me from other MS docs that MS scores time servers and
may prefer local over reliable (NTP). 

Thanks. Take care, Brian Inglis 	Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Brian.Inglis at CSi.com 	(Brian[dot]Inglis{at}SystematicSW[dot]ab[dot]ca)
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