Windows Server 2003 time is syncing with both PDC and Internet time

Posted on 2014-08-11
Last Modified: 2014-08-19
We have 8 servers, all of them sync with a domain controller "DMC1".  

However, one of the servers (a Server 2003 machine) is also syncing with the Internet directly (at one of Microsoft's Time Servers), on it's own.   So every 5 minutes, it syncs with the Internet and is then off by a minute.  THEN, a minute or so later, the server syncs as it should with DMC1.

I assume I just need to "turn off" the syncing with the Internet on that one server, and all will be good.
Does anyone think that's the solution, and how do I turn off Internet time syncing?

Question by:RobRud
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    by:Thomas Grassi
    On that server what is showing at this registry entry?

    Windows Time                                    

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    by:Pramod Ubhe
    w32tm /query /status
    this command will give you very useful information on current NTP client settings/status.

    some additional information -

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    After some research, we looked at that setting you mentioned.  We saw that:

    was set to 2 time servers:   ",0x1,0x1"
    We took off the  ",0x1" part and it seems to be working so far.
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    by:Thomas Grassi

    Yes that's where I always look at when the time service is not working.

    Glad to point you to the correct spot.

    Author Closing Comment

    Ultimately, the registry key to inspect is:
    which will include a list of all time servers that the server is sync'ing with (listed by name or IP, each separated by a space).
    For example:
    seems to tell the server to sync with 2 time servers (which was bad, in our case, since the two were so far off each other).

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