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How do you keep time set on Windows2003 server?

I've got a Windows2003 server which is the only domain controller in the network and the time keeps getting off by about 5 minutes every few months.

How do I easily set it up so that it keeps it's time set accurately?
Is the the easiest way?   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816042

Surely there must be an easier way.    I just want the server to go out to the internet and get the accurate time from some source on the internet.    Unless I'm not understanding something, this seems like a common task that should be simpler than having to edit the Registry.

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mark_goodall
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oBdACommented:
Yes, it's rather simple. Open a command prompt and enter

net time /setsntp:1.2.3.4
net stop w32time & net start w32time

Replace 1.2.3.4 with the time server of your choice (your ISP might offer it, too). If you're specifying an FQDN instead of an IP address, add ",0x1" at the end: net time /setsntp:ntp.domain.com,0x1
A short while after the time service is running again, you should see an event in the system event log.
Make sure outbound UDP 123 is open.

A list of the Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) time servers that are available on the Internet
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/262680
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sensored2008Commented:
nice setting thing  i like that .... never knew that  command  before thnx  i added  to my knowledge

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mark_goodallAuthor Commented:
Looks great. I figured there must be an easier way.
I'll try it. Thanks very much!
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