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    I would like to set the clock on all my pc's within the domain to the same upon logging on each morning, is there something I can do to make this happen? Currently, Im having to manually adjust them every now and then but there must be a better way than that?

    Hope you guys can help.


  • #2
    Re: Time Sync Issues

    All domain members should sync their time with the DC that's holding the FSMO - PDC Emulator. Check out the following article for more info:

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    • #3
      Re: Time Sync Issues

      In an active directory environment you dont have to sync time each morning with a script. Just configure the right W32Time service parameters in hKey_Local_Machine will make the client sync time from a domain controller by it self.

      You can configure this with a GPO for the client computers:
      Computer configuration/Administrative Templates/System/Windows Time Service/Time Providers --->
      Enable Windows NTP client =enabled
      Configure NTP client =enabled
      -> Type: NT5DS
      -> other parameters: 2 / 15 / 7 / 3600 / 0
      Enable NTP Server =disabled

      By default, only the Domain Controller that is holding the rol of PDC-emulator is the authoritative time server in the domain hierarchy.
      - Local Domain Controllers only synchronizes with a reliable time source, it does not attempt to synchronize with itself
      - By default a PDC emulator tries to synchronize with a reliable time server on the internet (but that can also be any domain controller in the parent domain)
      - All other DCs by default sync with the PDC emulator.
      - All member servers and all clients sync with a DC.
      That way you can be sure every computer in the domain has at leased the same time (wether that is the correct time or wrong time).

      Last edited by Rems; 19th September 2007, 13:31.

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      • #4
        Re: Time Sync Issues

        OR, add the 004 into the DHCP Scope Option (assuming one is using DHCP to assign IPs on your network).
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