Configuring Windows servers to use an non Windows Time Server

Posted on 2007-07-23
Last Modified: 2008-05-31
I am looking at configuring windows 2000 and 2003 servers to use a Cisco 5540 for time synchronization. I am just wondering the best practice to do this?  Would it be to run the "net time /setntp:<ip or name>" command on ONLY the pdc emulator or should this be done on every server or not at all?  Is there any other things to consider or a completely different practice that should be done?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

As a note, we are not implementing this using group policy

Thank you.
Question by:odddball
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    You are right in your first assumption.

    net time /setsntp: <ip or name> on the PDC emulator only.
    net time /setsntp     <- on all other machines.  Leaving the value blank sets it NT5DS which is domain hierarchy

    You can use a GPO to set this on your servers/clients.  You should manually configure your DC's.
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    Thank you for your quick response.

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