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Is there a way to set the Windows Time Group Policy to allow a Windows XP client to take time from a Windows 2003 server? I do not know what the settings should be.
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This explains how to cofnigure a client to get Time service from another server

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773263.aspx

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The domain controller sync's with an outside time server. The clients are on static ip addresses so I cannot specifiy the time server. The users never logoff or very rarely. The policy implemented covers the workstations only and the intention is to correct the workstations time at intervals.

Is there a better way of doing this? What I would like to do is configure it to point to the domain controller instead of an external time server. There are a number of other settings in the policy I am not to sure about.

Is there a definitive guide on the different input parameters.

Thanks in advance.

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Regardless of being fixed or DHCP clients, the clients should still synch with the FSMO role holder. Even workgroups that are not behind the firewall should synch with the DC. As long as port 123 isn't blocked they should synch up.

What I would do in your shoes is to download a program called LMcheck. It is free from Symmetricom. Symmetricom builds time servers, (both GPS and atomic clocks). I have two aboard. LMcheck will check your domain PCs for how out of synch they really are.

http://www.greyware.com/software/domaintime/instructions/tools/lmcheck.asp

If your clients are within five minutes of the server, that means they are within the phase offset that is the default phase offset that Microsoft set up.

If you insist on using an authoritative time server, you can set the GPOs, but I wouldn't include the server within the group policy objects. Also the GPOs do not include workgroup computers on your LAN.
https://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Q_22799695.html
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Again: your best choice is to set your policies back to "not configured" and let Windows do what it does by default. Kerberos requires that the time difference between DCs and domain members is reasonably small, so domain members will sync *by* *default*. They'll find a time server all by themselves.
Furthermore, manually specifying a time server (command line, DHCP, policy, regedit, whatever) on a domain member, without changing its sync type to NTP instead of NT5DS, will have absolutely no effect. The client will ignore the time server and use the domain hierarchy.
Don't make things more complicated than they have to be. Remove the time service policies, and configure the PDCe to use a more reliable time source than the default time.windows.com.

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