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how to sync time on windows server 8 network

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I want to know how to get the network time synchronized acro
ss the domain.
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Question by:Jim Kahre
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by:FinServCo
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If this is a Windows domain, then machines should automatically be getting time updates from the nearest domain controllers.  The PDC Emulator should be set to get the time from an external time source, such as pool.ntp.org.
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by:Walter Padrón
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In a Windows Domain, with computers joined to a Active Directory domain the time should be sync automatically, you can set to sync the time with an external time source or you can set the time manually in any domain controller.

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by:FinServCo
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I wouldn't set domain members to sync to an outside source.  They should be syncing with a domain controller.  Otherwise, if the time gets off by more than 5 minutes you'll have authentication issues.
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by:Walter Padrón
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All time operations must be done on Domain Controllers, member servers and workstations sync automatically.

Also, in case your time zone has a Daylight Time change you must check that all DC's are set correctly because an 1 hour difference interferes with replication, same with workstations a time difference leads to authentication problems.

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Seth Simmons earned 500 total points
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configure the domain controller that has the PDC emulator role as an authoritative time server and all the domain members will get time from it

if you're not sure which one holds the PDC role, open an elevated command prompt from any domain controller and type netdom query fsmo

How to configure an authoritative time server in Windows Server
https://support2.microsoft.com/kb/816042/en-us
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