[ntp:questions] Synchronizing Linux clients with Windows Server 2003 NTP

Danny Mayer mayer at ntp.isc.org
Fri Jan 19 03:10:21 UTC 2007


Ry wrote:
> george_joby wrote:
>> Can any body help me in this. Will w32time work with linux ?
> 
> Yes it will, but you are better off doing it the other way around
> (having the windows box take time from the Linux box). The "real" NTP
> provides better precision (Windows Time Service is limited to abotu
> 16ms), so it should be the source. You should also give it access to an
> internet NTP time server if at all possible (simply opening UDP port
> 123 outbound for one machine isn't much of a security risk).
> 
> In most cases, Windows 2003 SP1 will not serve time to clients when it
> has no access to an external time source itself. You will see error
> messages indicating this in Event viewer. I am betting that is what you
> are experiencing.
> 

But the Windows build of NTP will work fine on the Windows box and at
least you will have a homogeneous NTP infrastructure.

Danny



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