[ntp:questions] NTP and WinXP

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Wed Nov 9 14:15:40 UTC 2011

On 11/8/2011 12:52 PM, lelonga at free.fr wrote:
> Hi everybody!
> I'm trying to configure the ntp client (w32time) of a computer that runs XP to synchronize with a ntp server running on a linux server.
> Does anybody know where I can set the stratum of the XP computer?

You CAN'T set the stratum!
> (I get the following error when I try to synchronize: "The time sample was rejected because: The peer's stratum is less than the host's stratum".
> I found two entries in the windows registry (AnnounceFlags and InputProvider) that could help but I can't find the solution.
> Need help! :)
> Thanks in advance.

YOU are NOT SUPPOSED to set the stratum!  If your server is getting time 
from a stratum 1 server, your server is Stratum 2.  Any system that gets 
time from your server is at Stratum 3 and so on!

A Stratum one server is getting its time directly from an atomic clock.

Stratum is NOT a measure of accuracy!  It's simply the number of "middle 
men" between you and the atomic clock.


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