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  • Blog Post: Group Policy Settings Explained

    In an effort to alleviate confusion around the Windows Time Service group policy settings, here is a detailed explaination of the various settings, what their respective purposes are, and a small bit about how to configure them. Keep in mind that Windows Time Service is designed to be very robust...
  • Blog Post: Configuring a Standalone NtpServer

    Recently, I had a customer ask if they can use w32time as a time source for other computer & devices on their network. The Windows Time Service is fully capable of acting as a time source for anything that is NTPv3 compliant. Before we start firing up w32tm to configure the service, we will examine...
  • Blog Post: Configuring the Time Service: Max[Pos/Neg]PhaseCorrection

    In the last few months of the Windows Server 2008 development, a good friend of mine was discussing a problem they have been seeing with customers. The problem, lovingly titled as the "Large Time Jump" issue involves a machine in the domain (usually the PDC) making a large jump in time, either forward...
  • Blog Post: Configuring the Time Service: Enabling the Debug Log

    The debug log is a powerful tool in the W32Time bag of tricks when you need to figure out why something isn't working. The debug log tell you (for better or worse) what the Time Service is doing under the hood. Where it is connecting to, how long it is waiting between polls, etc. In Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Configuring the Time Service: NtpServer and SpecialPollInterval

    One of the most talked about configuration options for W32Time has to be the list of time sources that W32Time connects to for synchronization. It is important to note that W32Time will only actively synchronize with one time source at a time, even though you are able to list more than one time source...
  • Blog Post: What is Windows Time Service?

    Welcome to the Windows Time Service blog. This blog is here to answer some of the questions about the service and show off some of the useful features that it has. Every week, I will try to cover a new topic surrounding Windows Time Service (w32time for short). If anyone has any requests/suggestions...
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