Time Sync questions
Posted on 2013-07-01
I have some questions about validating time sync sources on Windows 2008R2 and Windows 2003 servers.
First I am confused on Server 2008R2 between the results of w32tm /query /source and the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\W32Time\Parameters\ntpserver. One points to the domain controller for time source (w32tm) and the registry to time.windows.com. I am guessing these are two different settings, but looking for clarification as Google searches produce both for results and resolutions.
Secondly in Windows 2003, the w32tm command I mentioned is not supported, so what is the best way to check the time source of a machine? Is there a command or am I looking in the registry.
I guess my overall question is what info is relevant to verify time sources per OS because it seems to be either the w32tm command line or the registry. Oh let me add, these are VMs that run on esxi 5.1. Thanks!