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Windows 2000 Active Directory - W32Time and KCC question

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I am in the process of replacing my DC's with better machines.  All are done but one.  This last one held the Rid Master and the PDC Emulator roles before I transferred them to the new machine.  Being that it was the PDC Emulator, I made it the authoritative time server as well.  Now that the roles have been moved, I made it's replacement the authoritative time server.  I never did anything to the old machine to let it know that it wasn't the authoritative time server anymore.  Is there something I should have done?  I setup the W32Time service on all DC's to log everything and they still use the old DC to sync time with.  I am scared to dcpromo it down being that all the DC's rely on it for time sync and for another reason mentioned below.  Shouldn't the DC's automatically use the PDC Emulator for time sync or is there something I need to do to let them know that they should be sync'ing up with the new machine?  Also, all of my DC's that are in remote locations replicate with this machine.  Once I dcpromo it down, can I rely on the KCC to make new connections with one of my other DC's or is there something I need to do?  I have three DC's in HQ - 2 new ones and the one that I am waiting to dcpromo down.  I have made the two new ones preferred bridgeheads for the IP site link.  It's only been a few miinutes since I've done that so I haven't seen any change yet.  Was that the correct thing to do?  Thanks in advance.
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You can specify the authoritive time server to clients by utilizing the NET TIME command in a logon script. Otherwise they will default to the current DC.
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I'm sorry if I was unclear but I'm not talking about the clients.  I need the other DC's to sync time with the new PDC Emulator instead of with the old one.
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To expound on diggisaur's comment, set the new DC to be a reliable time source(registry entry, see link below), remove the reliable time source setting from the old DC, and if necessary(I'd set it manually personally, just to be sure) set the SNTP server setting on the other DCs to look to the new PDC by using either the NET TIME command or a registry entry.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;223184&Product=win2000

-BR
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All DCs will look to the PDCEmulator for time synch UNLESS they have been told to look elsewhere by seting the following command:

NET TIME /SETSNTP:servername

So, if you want to ensure they all look at the PDCE then run this at all DCs:

NET TIME /SETSNTP:

Which will clear any previous settings and revert to the PDCE

You should then set the PDCE to look for time at your external time source:

NET TIME /SETSNTP:time.windows.com

I have used time.windows.com as an example as that is the default used by XP when it's not on a domain.

Cheers

JamesDS
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