[ntp:questions] can i use w32time to syncronise in a non domain scenario - windows2003
Richard B. Gilbert
rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Tue Mar 31 21:18:33 UTC 2009
David Woolley wrote:
> droodle wrote:
>> can this be acheived with w32time or is this purely for domain
>> situations as these servers will either be in different domains or
>> workgroups ?
> I think it probably can, however only Microsoft have any expertise on
> this and they don't post here.
It depends on your definition of "synchronization". W32TIME was
intended to support Kerberos authentication which requires that the
clocks of participating systems be within a minute or two of each other!
It will definitely do that. W32TIME will keep your Windows system
within a second or so of the correct time if you configure it to use a
reliable server. It's a non-RFC compliant implementation of SNTP. If
you want or need your clock to be within 100 microseconds of UTC, SNTP /
W32TIME is not a particularly good choice!
If you rely on timestamped log files to help diagnose network problems
you may need something far better than W32TIME.
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