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Folks,

I have 3 w2k servers which are part of an NT4 domain.  I have one NT4 BDC which uses NTP Client to get its time off Unix server running ntp and the other NT4 servers run a batch file once a day which gets the time off this NT4  BDC.  Question is how can I get the W2K servers to sync with NT4 or would I be better off putting NTP client software on them and pointing them to UNIX server?
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Pete Long earned 375 total points
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Hi gooded,
Setting the Correct Time


Your clients can get there time from a central server by using the following command

net time /setsntp:<IP address of server>

This can be run either from a login script OR a batchfile set to run at boot

*****To set the time on a central server*****

You can set your server to get its time from a public network time server using the same command you used above.

net time /setsntp:<IP address of server>

To get the address of a public time server either contact your ISP of here is a list of public access time servers

http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~mills/ntp/clock1a.html


********If all thats too much Hassle*********

Set your server to atomic time using third party software

Freeware

http://www.philex.net/clock/
http://www.rocketsoftware.com/rockettime/screenshot.asp
http://www.lmhsoft.com/timesync/

PeteL
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Petelong,

Thanks Petel,  the net time /setsntp:ipaddressunixserver worked.  Can I setup a schedule in w2k where I could run this once a day to set its time?  The servers we are using are for applications driven purposes and they usually are locked
due to certain services needding to be constantly running.
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Petelong,

Although the net time command worked i.e. it completed its command it didn't change the computer clock.  I have disable the windows time service but still to no avail.  Any ideas?
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by:Casca1
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Just a question...
Did you disable the WinTime before or after using the set time command?
The time should still have been set, so there is something else going on.

As to what to do for service, I created a batch file using the commands, and have it set to run at system start with scheduler.
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by:Pete Long
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Also "change the system time" is a specific right you need to grant to users!!! you will have to grant rights to the "domain users" group in your domain security policy or at the local policy level

Change The Time
Windows settings >Security Settings >Local Policyes >User Rights Asignments >Change the system time

Pete
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Thanks folks for the replies.  I have two of the w2k server to change the time on the clock as they are using admin accounts and are part of the domain.  
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Didn't finish the question off.  The one other w2k server is part of a workgroup and as such I can't set its time to the internal NT4 BDC which the other two w2k servers do as it is doesn't have rights to do this.  i have tried using the administrator account on the domain in the task scheduler on the w2k server but it can't verify it.  Any ideas?
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Well, does that machine have Internet access?
if so, try this:
net time /setsntp:"192.5.41.209 192.4.41.40 192.5.41.41"
Use the quotes. I believe those are Navy SNTP time servers.
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Thanks Casca1.  No it doesn't. Can't give it either due to apps running on server.
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by:Casca1
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Well, looks kinda like you're stuck. Use the NTP client software.
Wish we coulda helped... 8-)
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ThanQ
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