Time synchronization is an important aspect for all computers on the network. By default, the clients computers get their time from a Domain Controller and the Domain Controller gets his time from the domain’s PDC Operation Master. Therefore the PDC must synchronize his time from an external source. I usually use the servers listed at the NTP Pool Project website. Before you begin, don’t forget to open the default UDP 123 port (in- and outbound) on your firewall.
- First, locate your PDC Server. Open the command prompt and type:
1C:\>netdom /query fsmo
- Log in to your PDC Server and open the command prompt.
- run the following command:
1net stop w32time
- Configure the external time sources, type:1w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:"0.pool.ntp.org 1.pool.ntp.org 2.pool.ntp.org",0x8 /syncfromflags:MANUAL
- run the following command
1net start w32time
- Re sync the time services, type:1w32tm /resync /nowait
- To check that the command has worked run the following:1<strong><em>w32tm /query /configuration</em></strong>
NOTE: when doing this on SBS you may get an access denied error if you do remove: /reliable:yes from the line on number 3.