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Why a domain joined PC is not syncing with the domain time server?

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This is a Windows 2008 domain network. The domain time server is one of the DCs
I joined a Win7 Pro workstation to the domain. I ran the following command on this PC
"w32tm /query /source"
The returned result is
"Local CMOS Clock"

I thought once I joined a PC to a domain, it should sync with the domain time server automatically. What am I missing then?

Thanks!!
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Is the policy enforce on the workstation, do a gpudate/f to force the work update and appliy the group policy and see what happens
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I just tried "gpupdate /force" twice, and restarted the PC, but still no joy.
Anything else I should look at?
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You need to have a group policy to set your ntp servers.

"Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | Windows Time Service." Select "Time Providers," and then double-click "Windows NTP Server. Enter the ip or hostname of your DC that you want to sync with.
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Joshua,
I thought once a PC has joined to a domain, it should automatically sync with the domain time server, rather than modify GP manually as detailed in your post. Is this correct? If so, what is the problem then?
Since the user is working on his PC now, I will look into your instructions after hours and let you know then.
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by:Joshua Grantom
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if you do not have a global domain group policy defined to tell domain computers to sync to a domain controller, each pc can have different NTP servers

This would be a gpo that applies to all domain computers. Most of the time this is under default domain policy
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I think I found the problem now.
- I should have to move this computer account to a proper OU in AD
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that could be it as well. there may not be any group policy applied at all.
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ntpexample.PNGan example of NTP Provider GPO settings.
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thanks Joshua
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