moving time server on network

Hi, we currently have the time server for network running on a windows 2003 domain controller and wanted to move it to a 2012 server which is also a domain controller so we can demote the 2003 server and remove it from domain.  What would be the correct steps involved in doing this?  Thanks.
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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
You have to transffere PDC Emulator FSMO roles from Old domain controllers to new domain controller.
dankyle67Author Commented:
Actually, i had already transferred this fsmo role beforehand to the new 2012 server so is there a way to check that it is working correctly or how to check on another server and pc to make sure it is using the 2012 server as the time server?
Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
1. Open Regedit
2. Browse to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters
3. Change Type from NT5DS to NTP
4. Change NtpServer to a trusted external NTP source address.
5. Restart Windows Time service.

You can also use the w32tm.exe to configure time settings.
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dankyle67Author Commented:
Once i have the 2012 server configured properly as time server, do i have to do anything with the original time settings on 2003 server since i plan to demote it and then remove it from domain i wanna make sure i do everything prior to demoting it just since i wont be able to bring it back once that process is done.
Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
Yes, on the old server, you need to change the Type to NT5DS and set the NtpServer to point to the new PDC server (with ,0x1 appended).

NtpServer =,0x1
Type = NT5DS

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dankyle67Author Commented:
But if we plan on removing the 2003 server from the domain then do we still have to repoint it?
Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
No, not really.
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