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Windows 2008 R2 as an NTP source for Cisco ASA5510 (8.3)

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Hi Guys,

I have configured my Windows 2008 R2 PDC so that will act as an NTP server. I have a Cisco ASA5510 that I also configured to use the Windows machine as its NTP source. I cannot see any errors on the Windows server, and the Windows Firewall is turned off. I can see that it is getting its own time from the external server I configured (pool.ntp.org) and it did change its own system time.

On the ASA when I run sh ntp status I get the following:
Clock is unsynchronized, stratum 16, no reference clock
nominal freq is 99.9984 Hz, actual freq is 99.9984 Hz, precision is 2**6
reference time is 00000000.00000000 (01:28:16.000 EST Thu Feb 7 2036)
clock offset is 0.0000 msec, root delay is 0.00 msec
root dispersion is 0.00 msec, peer dispersion is 0.00 msec

When I run sh ntp associations the following is returned:
      address         ref clock     st  when  poll reach  delay  offset    disp
 ~10.0.0.200       173.45.227.99     4   221  1024  377     0.7  254418   493.0
 * master (synced), # master (unsynced), + selected, - candidate, ~ configured

The IP address of the PDC is 10.0.0.200 and showing as configured but not synced. I have set the PDC as the preferred NTP source as well. Has anyone sucessfully completed this before? any help would be much appreciated!
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I'm not sure if things have changed or not with Win2k8, but I was never able to get Windows to be the master for Cisco devices:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk648/tk362/technologies_tech_note09186a0080a23d02.shtml#wtm

Instead, I always make the Cisco device the master and make Windows the subordinate.
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Thanks, that lead me to the solution....
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