Find TIme Server in 2003 Active Directory

Posted on 2007-07-26
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
how do i find out which server is my nntp time server for the domain?
Question by:naifyboy123
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    In a server 2003 based AD environment, DC is by default your NNTP server, so unless you changed that, your DC is the NNTP server.
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    You can check on a client computer if the PC are using the time server from Event viewer. Ensure that the time service is running on that client computer. An example from my machine is:

    Event Type:      Information
    Event Source:      W32Time
    Event Category:      None
    Event ID:      35
    Date:            7/27/2007
    Time:            8:32:34 AM
    User:            N/A
    Computer:      PC
    The time service is now synchronizing the system time with the time source (ntp.d|>

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    To clarify KCTS's statement, time synch in a 2003 domain works as follows:

    [1] Workstations and member servers receive their time from the DC that authenticated them.  (This may or may not be the PDCe.)
    [2] DCs in each domain receive their time synch information from the PDCe for that domain.
    [3] In a multi-domain environment, the PDCe in each domain receives its time synch from the PDCe in the forest root domain.
    [4] The forest root PDCe should be configured to receive its time from an authoritative time source, as described here:

    Author Comment

    thanks guys - my question was "how do fond out which server......" and ngmarowa provided the answer rather than telling me what should be the case, therefore i shall reword him/her the points.
    thanks to all of you for your input though.
    much appreciated.


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