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Should an SBS be a member of its own domain?

kobusb asked
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Last Modified: 2010-04-19
Our SBS 2003 is a member of its own domain (according to the "My Computer/Computer Name" tab) but the SBS is also the domain controller. Apparently this has the effect that the SBS wants to get its time from the DC (which is itself) instead of obtaining the time from the Internet. I had to change registry settings to get the SBS to get its time from the Internet.
I would therefore like to know if the SBS should be a member of its own domain or should a domain controller not be a member of a domain?
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Top Expert 2006

It is possible to set the time server without registry via the command line:
 net time /setsntp:time.server.url
 net stop w32time
 net start w32time

As the domain controller is the cornerstone of the domain,  I would keep it member of the domain.
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SBS is of course a member of it's own domain, but that has nothing to do with how to configure the time services.

Running the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard will do this for you.  If you have SBS Premium with ISA, there can be a problem which is addressed by this KB:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/887355

If you haven't installed Service Pack 1, you may need to configure an authoritative time server manually.
Please see this KB article for that: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816042

But please know that installing SP1 is highly recommended.  See http://sbsurl.com/sp1 for that info.


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