[ntp:questions] Test internal clock

Rob nomail at example.com
Thu Mar 19 16:58:39 UTC 2009

Richard B. Gilbert <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote:
> W32TM is NOT the equivalent of ntpd!  W32TM simply asks "what time is 
> it?" and unconditionally believes the answer it gets.  It does use the 
> NTP protocol.

You need to update your knowledge.  Since Windows XP and 2003 this is
no longer true.

(and then I am not even talking about the detail that w32tm is only
the commandline control program and not the part that asks what time
it is)

>> It may have some advantages, but is it really necessary for everyone?
> It DOES have some advantages and it is NOI really necessary for 
> everyone.  Many people are satisfied if their computer knows the correct 
> date!  Some of us are more demanding!  Knowing the exact time can make a 
> real difference when you are trying to make sense of the log files on 
> two or more computers, or routers.

But Windows NTP is perfectly capable of doing that.

I am not trying to convince people to use Windows or the w32time service,
but I disagree with the opinion that it does not work, uses sntp only,
or leads to times that are seconds off the mark.

It seems like many here base their opinion on Windows NT and think that
Microsoft never improves anything.  And they also think that everyone
asking a question about the NTP protocol must first be converted to
the software of their choice.

That does not belong in a .protocols group, IMHO.

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