Time Sync Questions - Windows Server

I am seeing this error in SCOM for one of my DCs:

Time Provider NtpClient: No valid response has been received from manually configured peer 204.34.198.40 after 8 attempts to contact it. This peer will be discarded as a time source and NtpClient will attempt to discover a new peer with this DNS name. The error was: The peer is unreachable.

When I run ping -a 204.34.198.40 it resolves to tick.usnogps.navy.mil. Cool except I was not pointing at tick.

On the DC if I run w32tm /query /source it responds with time.windows.com,0x9, which is the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpClient\SpecialPollTimeRemaining

But HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters is set to another DC in another forest.

So this leaves me confused: I thought the time source is set using HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters\NtpServer. Why is w32tm returning time.windows.com. and why was NtpClient looking at tick? Is peer different that source? And why is the server trying to contact tick at all? Is that a built in fallback to when time.windows.com fails?

Thanks in advance.
Jerry DunningAsked:
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
I would recommend taking a look at the below link an making sure that all o your parameters are connect.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/816042
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Jerry DunningAuthor Commented:
Going through all those settings helped me realize where the errors are. Thanks.
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