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NTP port 123 outbound traffic

Posted on 2014-08-13
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Last Modified: 2016-02-25

I have been monitoring too many NTP traffic going out through Sophos firewall and they are all blocked by default. The destination of the outbound traffic is many different NTP server location not only one server.

Client PCs are trying to get time information from many locations, how can I make PCs to get their time information from internal NTP server rather external NTP server?

This is the list of IP address that internal PCs are trying to reach to get time information. grapeofwrath.com.au utcnist2.colorado.edu host-24-56-178-140.beyondbb.com nist.netservicesgroup.com nist1-nj2.ustiming.org
Question by:Educad
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by:Prashant Girennavar
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Are you using Active directory?

Make sure you have set the correct registroy entry on the client PC. Check below link


w32tm /monitor will give you the exact information.


-Prashant Girennavar.

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by:Heera Bisht
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If the systems are in wokrgroup, use w32tm /unregister to unregister the ntp time source on the client system. This will remove any ntp defined settings from the registry.
and use w32tm /register to register the time source again.

IF these are domain joined system you can disable the same through group policy.
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Ganesh Kumar A earned 1000 total points
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I would suggest if this is in client server (domain environment) : Configure the PDC to be internal time server and allow rule to sync with valid and trustworthy time server to sync. Configure Group policy to push the time to client.

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frankhelk earned 1000 total points
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If your list of servers is complete, I would think of a mere bute force measure: Configure the servers in your DNS server with IP addresses pointing to your internal NTP server.

As an alternative, you could stuff that info into the HOSTS file on the clients, but that's a bit more complicated to maintain if changes occur (but more effective if the configuration in your DNS server proves to be tricky).

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