Windows 2000 Server and Internet TIme Coordination

Posted on 2009-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a Windows Vista client that is frequently used off of the network site, because of this the user will often log-on to their user account and then come into the office later in the day or will connect to the network remotely via VPN, thus bypassing the time sync at log-on.

Every once in a while this user's clock is off be more than 5 minutes and when this happens they are not able to access some network resources.  What I would like to do is set this users computer to connect to the office server over an unencrypted internet connection for time syncs.

I have opened up port 123 UDP and the server is servicing requests (via NET TIME command), but the connection is not happening when I try it from outside our network.  I have both Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 domain controllers available (I prefer to use WIn2K because it is hosting less secure data, but I can use either).

Thank you for any input you can office.


Question by:Agator82
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    User should be stratum 2, connecting directly to stratum 1. Your DC should be stratum 2 or 3, connecting to stratum 1 or 2 (depends if you want an ntp server in-front).
    Best thing to do is setup stratum server/s in your network. Then make sure all XP client's uses external time source.

    Follow this instructions for clients:


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