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NTP server and a windows 2000 workgroup

Hi.  I have a Windows 2003 NTP server (which is also a DC with the PDC Emulator on it).  I have configured the other member servers which are part of the domain to use this NTP server (using "net time /setsntp:domaincontroller".  All works well.  

My problem is when I use the command "net time /setsntp:domaincontroller on a Windows 2000 server that is not part of the domain.  I type in the command and it is successful.  I then do a "net time" and I receive the message  "could not locate a time-server, error 3912".  I have verified that the Windows Time service is started on this machine.  

Can a workgroup server use this command in AD?  I can ping the NTP server by name and ip.  Am I missing a command or do I need to get into the registry?

Thank you.
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There is/was no need to configure your domain members manually; domain members will synchronize by default with the domain hierarchy, the manual setting will be ignored.
You should be able to use the "net time /setsntp:..." command on a stand-alone server; if you're using the name and not the IP address, you should add a "0x1" at the end:
net time /setsntp:domaincontroller,0x1
You can NOT use "net time" for anything else than setting or querying the time server to use when it comes to the time service.
Do a
net stop w32time
net start w32time
and you should find an entry in the event log a little while after indicating whether the time service is able to successfully sync.
odddballAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your prompt response.

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