windows domain clients receive time

Posted on 2014-08-29
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Last Modified: 2014-09-02
in a Windows forest, clients receive their time exclusively from the PDC emulator?

Other domain controllers cannot be an additional time source for clients?
Question by:cmatchett
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Kerberos is very very depending on the same time. You should avoid. The only thing i know its good working when you use a real timeserver like from mainberg. this is working on different locations.

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so you are saying that ALL windows clients should get their time from the PDC emulator only..
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Rich Weissler earned 2000 total points
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The PDC Emulator is the time source for the other domain controllers.
(Within a Forest, the child domain PDC emulator looks up to any DC in the parent.)
The domain controllers are the time source for clients. (The architecture hasn't changed, afaik, for years.)

The time source for the PDC Emulator in the root domain is therefore the important server to get 'right'.

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after rebooting a server / restarting the windows time server, i have never ever seen until today a server getting its time from another domain controller other than the PDC emulator

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