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Our network has fallen 3 minutes behind.
I've updated the PDC with the command line...
W32tm /config /manualpeerlist:<timeserver> /syncfromflags:manual

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and used 4 popular NTP server addresses

the PDC has now updated to the correct time, but the rest of the network is still 3 minutes behind the PDC.

How do I force the entire network to acquire it's time from the PDC? I thought this was the default action on a Windows domain?
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by:Paul MacDonald
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It is.  The other Domain Controllers will sync their time from the PDC Emulator.  Clients and member servers will sync their time from the DCs.  It can take a while for that to happen.
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Lior Karasenti earned 2000 total points
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I had many problems with time sync until I set a group policy to force time synchronization to the PDC, Check this I used it to solve all the time sync issues  

http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/101396-how-do-i-properly-setup-a-time-sync-gpo-in-server-2008
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by:antonioking
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As I have recently updated the PDC, I will wait a few days to see if clients update.
If not, then I'll look at applying the settings via GPO.

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by:antonioking
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The time did correct itself across the network but it's gone out of sync again.
The PDC is 2 minutes ahead of the computers.
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by:Paul MacDonald
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Two minutes is well within the allowable skew.  It's unlikely all clients on the network are significantly off from the PDC's time, unless they're forced to get their time from a different time source.
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by:antonioking
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I applied a new GPO with the settings outlined in that article this morning.
PCs are now matching the PDC!

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