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Vmware ESXi 5.1 NTP and Windows Domain Time synchronization

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We have a Windows Domain , all servers are virtualized running on VMware ESXi 5.1 .

Each Virtual Guest is configured to receive time from the host configured through edit settings VMware Tools "Syncronize guest time with host"
I understand now that this could be bad for a domain controller, what is my best way to synchronize time ?

Also each of my ESXi host computers are configured to receive time from NTP servers (192.43.244.18 and 69.36.240.252). In Vsphere Client NTP client is running yet my 6 host machines do not have the same time some are off by more than a minute.  How do I properly configure NTP and make sure it is working ?

I have Windows guests Server 2003 / 2008 and 2012 .  Where should they be getting time ? from the DC's ? how do I force this to work ?


Thanks for your input.
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