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Assign a specific DC to be timeserver that workstations sync time with

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We have 3 local DC's and 7 remote DC's for little satellite locations.  One of the remote location DC's is the server that all workstations in the domain sync to.  This is a small location with a slower connection and I do not want this server to be used as time sync server.  I would like to assign the timeserver role to a local DC and have all servers and workstations sync with this new server.  The local site is where most servers and the majority of the users are located.  What are the steps needed to make this happen?
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The PDC Emulator role is what determines which DC is used for time synchronization.  Once you assign this role to the appropriate server, you might want to be sure that it is set to do a time synch with an outside time source.  This will ensure that that server always has the correct time to reset all the other machines in the domain.

Hope this helps!
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The information provided gave me enough info to do the research to resolve my issue.  I used the NTDSUtil to make my transfer, however I kept running across statements that said there was a GUI to manage the FSMOs.  Never ran across the name or the util.
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Sorry - I assumed you would know that or post a question.  The FSMO roles can be managed in the GUI by opening the Active Directory Users and Computers management console.  Right-click on the domain name and then click Operations Masters on the menu.
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Cool, thanks.. I did not know that the FSMOs could be managed (or even think that it would be available) from Users and Computers.  I figure it would be in Domains and Trusts.

Anyway, thanks for the tip
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