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Remotly force synchronize time with DC

Hello,

Problem:
Server windows 2000 DC, about 50 clients using mostly win 98 and xp
I`d like to force clients to synchronize time with DC.
Is it possible from server ?

Thanks
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kracusx
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elbereth21Commented:
This command will make a client synchronize with a local time server
NET TIME \\"SERVERNAME" /SET /Y
Remember though, that if you are going to create a logon script with it, the user who executes it should have enough privileges to change time on the client machine.
This article explains the basics about network time in a windows 2000 environment:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=224799
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joedoe58Commented:
XP clients that is part of domain will be synchronized automatically. You can set the interval in GPO
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kracusxAuthor Commented:
Yes elbereth21 You`re absolutely right. I know this method but I think about sth like command which I excecute on server console and in this way I force client to synchronize time with server.
I`ve searched MS KB but didn`t find solution so I think that maybe there is undocument trick to do it.

joedoe58 You`r right too but suddenly (I can`t find why) they stop synchronize with DC so I should go and change i manually fix it on every computer.
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eatmeimadanishCommented:
Have a login script that forces that resets the server and forces an update.  Sometimes these settings get changed through internet baddies.
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elbereth21Commented:
This article can help you with 98 clients (look specifically at the last paragraph):
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnw2kmag01/html/TimeWin2K.asp
I do not see currently another viable option, other than using the command I proposed previously in a script you will schedule to execute on the clients, for example every two hours or at a rate you consider useful for your issue.
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elbereth21Commented:
There is also this article which an alternative command (if you haven't found it already) for XP machines only:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307897/EN-US
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joedoe58Commented:
You can apply a GPO for your xp clients that will set all settings for time service
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kracusxAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your suggestions but still looking for method how to do it (of course if it possible) without logon scripts, GPO etc.
I`m thinking about sth like this (of course it`s only an example):

"in server console: NET TIME \\ALL \\SERVER_DC  \\SYNCHRONIZE \\NOW"
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joedoe58Commented:
You can not do it that way. The only way is to have a script that go trough all stations on your network one by one and either stop and start time service or use w32tm /resync
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kracusxAuthor Commented:
Thanks for Your help.
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