[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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