Configure Authoritative Time Server in Windows

If an authoritative time server has not been configured for a Windows domain then each of the individual servers (and workstations) in that domain will attempt to set their time from Microsoft–which isn’t always a reliable source. As a result, machines could all have different times set on them, and be out of sync–which is a whole other set of issues.

When we configure an authoritative time server, we want to configure the domain controller acting as the PDC emulator to access a reliable external time service. I use the time servers from http://www.pool.ntp.org/en/.  After the PDC emulator has been configured, then all other internal servers should get their time from that server.

Utilize these two references to configure time synching for a Windows domain…

Good luck.

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