setup time server

Posted on 2014-08-07
Last Modified: 2014-08-22
I have a small network with 2 servers, one windows 2003 and one windows 2008 server. The server is running dhcp. The time on the clock desktop/laptop is always off, 10 min slows. I changed to bump it up 10 min but later always gets behind. Is there a ways to setup a time server on server and tell all clients to get the time from that time server?

Question by:officertango
    LVL 20

    Assisted Solution

    Easiest way is to go to Use the Fix it for me for Configuring the Windows Time service to use an external time source.

    Then in your DHCP Server settings use DHCP option 42 to set your NTP Server for the clients, , using the IP for the server you want them to look at.
    LVL 13

    Assisted Solution

    A very good way for time sync is NTP. Windows has its own time service (W32time), which is capable to use/supply windows native time service and the internet standard NTP. Unfortunately 32time has proved to be a crappy mess whenever I tried to rely on it. Unstable and messy to config/troubleshoot.

    I've made good experiences with NTP, which comes from the unix world but got perfectly ported to Windows. There are loads of public time servers out in the internet.

    For detailled info I would like to recommend my article on NTP. Please ask if I left anything unclear there.
    LVL 35

    Accepted Solution


    In the first instance, you should be able to simply set the server time and then reboot the client workstations and they should sync.

    Now, how to keep the server in sync to an atomic clock is a different question. I have gotten it working on my server but can't quite recall how I did it. This article seems reasonable. I'm using for the ntpserver I sync to.


    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Find Ransomware Secrets With All-Source Analysis

    Ransomware has become a major concern for organizations; its prevalence has grown due to past successes achieved by threat actors. While each ransomware variant is different, we’ve seen some common tactics and trends used among the authors of the malware.

    First some basics on Windows 7 Backup.  It has 2 components one is a file based backup which is stored in .zip files each zip is split at around 200 Megabytes and there is the Image Backup which is as the name implies a total image of the partition …
    Sometimes drives fill up and we don't know why.  If you don't understand the best way to use the tools available, you may end up being stumped as to why your drive says it's not full when you have no space left!  Here's how you can find out...
    This Micro Tutorial will go in depth within Systems and Security in Windows 7 and will go into detail regarding Action Center, Windows Firewall, System, etc. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
    The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…

    779 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    12 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now