Should an SBS be a member of its own domain?

Posted on 2006-03-22
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?
Question by:kobusb
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    Expert Comment

    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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    Accepted Solution

    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:

    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:

    But please know that installing SP1 is highly recommended.  See for that info.



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