setting up an internal NTP server

mjgaliyano used Ask the Experts™
We have a workgroup (no domain) which has six (6) Dell 1950 servers running MS 2008 Web Server.  These servers receive video files from approx. 200 IP cameras (Axis).  We would like to sync the time on all servers and cameras (each camera is a server).  We do have access to the Internet from these devices.

We would like to set up one of the Dell servers as an NTP server and then have all the servers and cameras sync to that server.

How do we set up the internal NTP server?
How do we set the time interval for syncing?
The cameras have a provision for syncing to an NTP server.


Paul Naumann
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windows has the win32 time service inbuilt... normally you would use group policy for configuration, but in your case - since you have no domain, you'll have to set things manually.
on the master server, you can use net time /setsntp:<external ntp server list>
on the other servers you can use net time /setsntp:<internal ntp server list>
see this short article if you want more detail -

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