[ntp:questions] Windows time question.

DaveB g8kbv at uko2.co.uk
Thu Apr 21 07:39:32 UTC 2011


In article <slrniqtudk.p2h.unruh at wormhole.physics.ubc.ca>, 
unruh at wormhole.physics.ubc.ca says...
> 
> On 2011-04-20, DaveB <g8kbv at uko2.co.uk> wrote:
> > Hi All.
> >
> > Due to my wandering use of a laptop for, "work" (cough!)   Often away 
> > from the office, and our server, but with local internet access (Hotel 
> > WiFi etc).
> >
> > What UK based "RELIABLE" (cant emphasize that enough) UK time server(s) 
> > would the group recomend I point Windows time sync' to?
> 
> I presume this means you are using ntpd on Windows. If you mean the
> native windows time keeping, then all bets are off. 
> 
> >
> > At the moment, I've told it to use the UK pool, but from the random 
> > errors I get, I suspect not all the pool servers are happy with a 
> > Windows box (XP SP3) using them.
> 
> Use the pool. The servers have no idea what is using them. An ntp
> datagram is an ntp datagram, no matter where it comes from. The only
> thing they would be unhappy about is if your system is not using ntp.
> 
> >
> > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223184
> > Has the registry entry details.
> >
> > Also relating to the command line function "net time":-
> >
> > C:\Program Files\Support Tools>net time /querysntp
> > The current SNTP value is: uk.pool.ntp.org
> >
> > and the dialog in the toolbar time setting tool.  (Internet Time tab.)
> >
> > At the mo as above I have  uk.pool.ntp.org  setup, and 
> > "DailySpecialSkew" selected.
> >
> > According to MS, at first it tries once every 45 mins, when one good 
> > sync is found, it then drops to once a day
> 
> OK, so you are using some MS abortion. Why not install ntpd onto your
> system. 
> 
> 
> >
> > but as above, sometimes the pool server that responds seems to do 
> > something odd, and kill (or seriously destabilize) W32Time as a result.
> >
> > At least, looking in the system error and info logs, after recovering 
> > from a lockup, it's related to W32Time going bad, not long after first 

Thanks for the info.

Seems I'll soon be hacking the main admin password again then.

DaveB.




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