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Updating the time on a domain controller

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I am about to update the time on my Primary Domain controller.  I have server 2003 R2.   The time on my network is currently 5 minutes off from the actual time. I have received the information on how to do the update but  I have heard that if the domain controller is more then a couple of minutes different from the computers there can be a communication issue.   Is this true?   When I update the time on the domain controller will it populate to all other computers on the network automatically? And finally how long will it take for the other computers to receive the update?
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by:Seth Simmons
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that server with the PDC role should be configured to use an external time server
clients will then (typically every 15 min) all pull time from that server

How to configure an authoritative time server in Windows Server
http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/816042/en-us
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by:Perrin25
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When I Change the time on the PDC it will be 5 or 6 minutes ahead of the computers on the network.   Will there be any connection issues between them and the PDC?
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should be fine until the next polling interval
i would be more concerned if it was hours; you would have already seen issues if it was a problem since they are already off by a few min
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Great thanks.
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